How do people deal with the torrent of information pouring down on us all? What sources can't they live without? We regularly reach out to prominent figures in media, entertainment, politics, the arts and the literary world, to hear their answers. This is drawn from a conversation with Jonah Peretti, CEO of BuzzFeed and a co-founder of The Huffington Post.
I usually sleep in to about 8:30. Before I leave home, I separate the business or sports section from The New York Times for the subway ride—the only two sections my wife lets me take. I'll also take New York magazine with me on the train, which is the only magazine I subscribe to. (After I had twins, that put an end to my New Yorker and Economist subscriptions and my ability to read long-form articles in general.)
The main way I discover information is my Twitter feed and my Facebook news feed. One of the interesting things about this Media Diet column is if people were honest, I think they would give more credit to Facebook and Twitter, which can mean totally different things depending on who you are. But social is the new starting point. On Twitter, I follow my folks Ben Smith, Zeke Miller, Matt Stopera, my sister Chelsea Peretti, who's a very funny standup comedian, and a fair amount of people I don't even know. For trade stuff, I read the Gabe Rivera sites: Techmeme, Memeorandum and Mediagazer, which is a quick way to see what everyone in the industry is talking about. I'll also follow a few of those services that aggregate the most retweeted and favorited tweets like favstar.fm. I don't watch that much TV but I like The Wire and Mad Men. l'll also occasionally find myself weeping during an episode of Friday Night Lights after my wife puts it on.