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 Alexis Ohanian, the dude who co-founded Reddit, helped launch Hipmunk, advocates for free culture, opposes SOPA and serves as an all-around start-up sage, reads a lot of Reddit.
I read a lot of Reddit. It's the first thing I think about when I wake up. I grab my phone -- my lovely Galaxy Nexus -- and pull open reddit.com and see what's going on on the front page that morning and then I'll usually dive into Gmail and just triple-check to make sure that all of my tweets are in order before actually getting out of bed. But the first priority is always Reddit.
Honestly, I rarely consume news through print. In fact, I don't think I ever do. A New Yorker shows up at my apartment, but my girlfriend usually takes it. If I'm reading a book (usually nonfiction) I go both ways. I have a ton of paperbacks. I just refuse to buy a brand new hardcover and have to pay a premium for something that's just inconvenient when I can get it on my Kindle. If it's a new release, I'll get it on my Kindle, but if it's anything older I prefer to read it in paperback. Otherwise, everything is digital mostly for my laptop -- a little bit from my phone -- but this 13" MacBook Pro goes everywhere with me. I routinely wake up next to my laptop, and I go through this routine over whether I should make it breakfast. You know, I haven't owned a car since college, so this is the closest thing. My laptop is my everything -- it's my office, my mode of transportation so to speak to her, and I love her. I think I've fallen victim to that same kind of dudes-with-female-cars kind of thing. I also have a female cat. I need that female spirit with me.