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Book Review – Consider The Source

Posted by B2W on October 14, 2008

Post by: Della Smith of QUAY Strategies

Book Review: Consider the Source

Rating: 4 out of 5 Bridges

Consider the Source is a worth a read and it’s worth keeping around as a reference. It lists online sources for news – from Al Jazeera to The Christian Science Monitor. There is a wide range of information available on the Internet and this book helps make sense of it – and provides some information on the credibility and authority levels of each site through a rating system. (Review rating systems work for us. They work so wel that we adopted our own rating system for book reviews – as you can see above.)

The print is a little outdated (it was published in 2007 and we all know that when it comes to current and relevant information online, 2007 is a LONG time ago.) You can, however, go online to thereporterswell.com which is a great site for updates in the news world. In the big picture, they have done their best to keep the information as current as possible.

I think it’s important to go to news sites that don’t necessarily reflect your opinion, to understand different perspectives and to look at them with an open mind. There is a great deal of information on these sites that you might not normally see. A few I would recommend (and to be clear, I do not necessarily agree with their views) are:

Al Jazeera – the English version of the Arabic language network. This has breaking news and features plus background material that includes profiles and global reactions. This comes to you from a very different perspective than North American media.

Christian Science Monitor – there is a lot of information here that is relevant and valuable to today’s world that has nothing to do with religion or spirituality. This site is a very good source for international stories.

All Africa – there is more going on in Africa than you realize, don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn more about our world – and about a place that is full of news.

AARP – the American Association for Retired Person’s site is full of information. The definition and perception of a retired person has changed over the past few years. This is a lively, informative, relevant news source that speaks to baby boomers and the start of the Gen Xers thinking about the second part of their lives.

Topix.net – one of the leading news communities on the Web, Topix.net connects people to the information and discussions that matter to them in every North American town and city. A top 10 online newspaper destination (comScore, March 2008), the site links news from 50,000 sources to 360,000 lively user-generated forums. Topix also works with the nation’s major media companies to grow and engage their online audiences through forums, classifieds, publishing platforms and RSS feeds.

PBS.org –  this site offers comprehensive companion websites for more than 1,300 PBS television programs and specials, as well as original Web content and real-time learning adventures. There are than 175,000 pages of content — from news to history and the arts to science and technology

The book is well written and while I didn’t agree with all of the site ratings, I would strongly recommend this book. There is good information here on where to get the news from a global perspective and by using this book and visiting the sites, I would bet you see the world in a bit of a different light. I know I did.

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