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Julia Fryett is a curator and producer with an expertise in contemporary art, film and digital media. She previously worked in a curatorial and sales capacity at the Mugrabi Collection, then went on to founded AKTIONSART in 2009. Her speciality is designing multi-platform projects that bridge physical and virtual space. Check out some of her work here.
Julia graduated from Duke University with a BA in Literature and Film/TV Studies. She recently completed an MA in Film Curating from London Film School and participated on TransformatLab. Her master’s dissertation was XHIBITOR - a digital research project about transmedia and art exhibitions.
Here are Julia’s first five…
My first five remain in a constant rotation, but are always focused around a mix of streaming music, social media and news.”

"First things first! I turn on my streaming radio of choice, Seattle’s KEXP."


"Always Twitter for breaking news and to see what my friends are up to."


"Lots of great digital culture analysis here, especially related to copyright law."


"A quick glance at my RSS feed to catch any articles of note in a few of my favorite publications - TechCrunch, DigiDay, NY Times, Wired, All Things Digital, Hyperallergic."


"To find some inspiration of what to wear! A favorite is Garance Doré because she blends fabulous fashion with humor."


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Aaron Swartz is a writer, programmer, and activist. He co-authored the RSS 1.0 specification and co-founded Reddit.com. He’s a contributing editor to _The Baffler_ and founder of Demand Progress, an activism group with over a million members.

Here are Aaron’s first five…



"Every word on this website is there for a reason."



"Nobody is more thoughtful, erudite, and funny at the same time."



"Political news, but with such a unique perspective and intelligence."



"Felix makes wonky economic news entertaining."


[My Twitter app.]

"It’s like a nonstop cocktail party with my favorite people."

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Hua Hsu teaches in the English Department at Vassar College. He is currently finishing his first book, A Floating Chinaman, about a circle of China-watching writers and artists during the 1930s and 40s whose works were animated by both a shared interest in transpacific politics as well as strange, often petty interpersonal rivalries. He was on the editorial board of A New Literary History of America (http://www.newliteraryhistory.com/) and currently serves on the board of the Asian American Writers Workshop (www.aaww.org). His work has appeared in the Atlantic (for whom he formerly blogged), Artforum, Daedalus, Grantland (for whom he is a staff writer), New York, Slate and The Wire. You can follow him on Twitter @huahsu.

Here are Hua’s first five…

"My web-browsing usually begins the moment I awake. The alarm rings on my iPhone and I check my email, Twitter and Facebook on my iPhone, usually before putting on my glasses. Between the three, I assume I will be alerted to anything especially awry in the world. About forty-five weeks out of the year, I also scan the Guardian’s Football page from bed. I watch a lot of soccer and I consult the site for news, but I also love the breathy, sardonic style of the “Rumour Mill”. It’s a daily-ish masterpiece of clever, bored writers spinning baseless whispers and sub-sub-subplots into these meticulous, allusion-filled, art-for-art’s-sake little narratives. I grew up reading imported British music weeklies like NME and Melody Maker, so maybe I just like a kind of unembarrassed, hyperbolic style that you rarely get in the states. I like the Guardian’s political coverage for a similar reason; it doesn’t really sound like the New York Times or whatever its American equivalent would be. As a writer, I’m fascinated by how others can revisit cliché ideas and overfamiliar tropes in new, challenging ways—in this case, it’s like Guardian’s football writers are merely challenging themselves to make hack work interesting.”

"Full disclosure: I’m on the board of the Asian American Writers Workshop in New York and I helped map out our new website, which consists of three different publications: Open City (which features a team of writing fellows producing stories about various overlooked New York neighborhoods), The Margins (a general politics and culture magazine) and Culturestrike (a magazine for artists and activists concerned with immigration). I don’t contribute much to the day-to-day operation of any of the sites; these days, I’m just a fan. We set out to create a suite of publications that were a bit sly about the notion of “Asian Americanness” and I think our editorial teams and writers have done an amazing job of taking that vague mandate and running with it. The Margins showcases an intriguing mix of political/city reportage and cultural criticism, and they did some fantastic coverage of Hurricane Sandy’s effect on Chinatown. The writing fellows who make up Open City have done some astonishing work. They’ve written about the “undistinguished Americans” who keep the city running, from Chinatown bus drivers to local fabulists to the struggling restauranteur whose cheap dumplings insure him a healthy following on Yelp (only he has no idea what “Yelp” is).”

"When I was blogging for the Atlantic, I would check my RSS reader a few times a day. I subscribed to about 300 feeds—mostly music and sports sites, advertising/branding blogs, a few political bloggers I liked. I haven’t opened my reader in months and I’m terrified of the thousands of items waiting for me. Being on the Internet can be very stressful in this way, this sense that there is knowledge (or just pure data) you’ve intentionally sought out and marked as useful and then never returned to. But I spend a lot of time on YouTube because it provides the opposite sensation. Rather than the anxiety of marking things as “read” there’s just this endless drift of allusions and associations. It’s a k-hole of one’s own making, as some random curiosity about some rapper’s cameo in another’s video might land you, hours later, to an amateur documentary about the Illuminati or some full episode of Firing Line from the sixties.”

"I don’t check in as often as I used to, but I’ve spent whole chapters of my adult life on Soulstrut, an online forum devoted to record collecting (hip-hop and its soul, funk, disco prehistories, mostly). It’s a great place to learn and debate about records. And anything else, really—politics, films, what it’s like to work in an adult bookstore, etc. I’ve always been skeptical of the notion of online “communities” but during moments of crisis like Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti, Soulstrut came together in a pretty honorable way. Hoarders and lovers of surplus stock sacrificed some amazingly expensive records for a site-wide auction in order to raise money for relief work. It was a minor gesture but one that tried to enact the kind of utopian values at the heart of so much great, transcendent music.”

"Depending on the day and my level of procrastination, I’ll spend time on Vulture, the Chronicle of Higher Education site, Wired, Boomkat (to keep tabs on new music), Dat Piff (ditto) or Grantland (where I’m a contributor). But for my fifth, I’ll say Tumblr. I like the interface and its balance of writing, visuals and tricked-out design solves one of the problems of that brief era when everyone I knew had the same, boring-looking blog layout. But where blogs seemed generally to strive for transparency, Tumblr plays around with notions of identity. I don’t know the authors of half the Tumblrs I follow, even if I probably actually know them in real life.”

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Marc Smith is a sociologist specializing in the social organization of online communities and computer mediated interaction. Smith leads the Connected Action consulting group and lives and works in Silicon Valley, California.  Smith co-foundedthe Social Media Research Foundation (http://www.smrfoundation.org/), a non-profit devoted to open tools, data, and scholarship related to social media research.


Smith is the co-editor with Peter Kollock of Communities in Cyberspace (Routledge), a collection of essays exploring the ways identity; interaction and social order develop in online groups. Along with Derek Hansen and Ben Shneiderman, he is the co-author and editor of Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL: Insights from a connected world, from Morgan-Kaufmann which is a guide to mapping connections created through computer-mediated interactions.

Smith’s research focuses on computer-mediated collective action: the ways group dynamics change when they take place in and through social cyberspaces. Many “groups” in cyberspace produce public goods and organize themselves in the form of a commons (for related papers see: http://www.connectedaction.net/marc-smith/). Smith’s goal is to visualize these social cyberspaces, mapping and measuring their structure, dynamics and life cycles. While at Microsoft Research, he founded the Community Technologies Group and led the development of the “Netscan” web application and data mining engine that allowed researchers studying Usenet newsgroups and related repositories of threaded conversations to get reports on the rates of posting, posters, crossposting, thread length and frequency distributions of activity.  He contributes to the open and free NodeXL project (http://www.codeplex.com/nodexl) that adds social network analysis features to the familiar Excel spreadsheet.  NodeXL enables social network analysis of email, Twitter, Flickr, WWW, Facebook and other network data sets.


The Connected Action consulting group (http://www.connectedaction.net) applies social science methods in general and social network analysis techniques in particular to enterprise and internet social media usage.  SNA analysis of data from message boards, blogs, wikis, friend networks, and shared file systems can reveal insights into organizations and processes.  Community managers can gain actionable insights into the volumes of community content created in their social media repositories.  Mobile social software applications can visualize patterns of association that are otherwise invisible.


Smith received a B.S. in International Area Studies from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 1988, an M.Phil. in social theory from Cambridge University in 1990, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA in 2001. He is an adjunct lecturer at the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland.  Smith is also a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Media-X Program at Stanford University.

Here are Marc’s first five…

"Where I spend most of my time - individual and small group discussions"

"A collection of RSS and custom standing queries of Twitter and Google, feeds from Facebook, Codeplex, etc. - this is the center of my work after email - the central point for many strands of data from many services."

"NYTimes, news.google.com: News!”

"Google Analytics: track activity of several sites: NodeXLGraphGallery.org, connectedaction.netnetbadges.com,smrfoundation.org

NodeXLGraphGallery.org: look for user uploads of new network data sets”

NodeXL.Codeplex.com - the main web site for our network analysis project: NodeXL.  I watch the message board here.”

"Then, Google Drive: shared writing projects, SMRFoundation.org - the blog and message board for the Social Media Research Foundation, Flickr: my photo stream and others’, Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn: Wider view of what people are talking about and linking to, BoingBoing.net: entertainment and light technology policy news”

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Born and educated in India (NID), with an MA in Interaction Design from the Royal College of Art, Anab founded Superflux in 2009. She has a proven track record in design, strategy and foresight for businesses, think-tanks and research organisations. 

Honoured as a TED Fellow, she is the receipient of several awards, including the Award of Excellence ICSID, Innovation Award, Chicago International Documentary Film Festival and theUNESCO Digital Arts Award. Her experience and knowledge of design, futurescaping, emerging markets, new technologies and innovation has led her to be invited as a keynote speaker for conferences worldwide. Some of the conferences she has spoken at include PICNIC, WCIT2010, LIFT, SIGGRAPH, EPIC, Design Engaged and FuturEverything.

Her work has been exhibited at MoMA New York, Apple Computers Inc, Mattel Toys, Tate Modern, Science Gallery Dublin, National Museum of China and the London Design Festival. She is on the Board of MzTek, and is a guest lecturer at the Royal College of ArtVCUQatarArchitectural Association, Goldsmiths, Dundee Innovative Product Design and CIID. 

Previously Anab has held senior design and research positions at the Helen Hamlyn CentreMicrosoft Research Cambridge and Nokia Design London. 

Here are Anab’s first five…

"This is my daily dose of news - politics, technology, science, art and design. I used to also check in on BBC news, India’s NDTV and New York Times earlier. But with limited time, i guess this is my first choice."

"I guess this works as an RSS reader for me. Its also a great way to stay in the loop of what  colleagues are up to and whats happening in my extended network. And most importantly, the daily quirks and ironic tweets of friends keeps me amused."

"I use Google calendar and Google drive *all* the time. (Yes, I know.)"

"This is our Company site, and there’s usually a need to reference or update a project, write a post, or use the Studio intranet on a daily basis."

"I don’t check Ribbonfarm daily, but always when there’s a new post. Venkatesh Rao writings about the future, technology, economy, culture…well its a sort of magic site for me, as it touches on so many of the themes that I am thinking about, presented in the most articulate, meaningful way possible."

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Jeremy Bailey is a Toronto-based Famous New Media Artist whose work explores custom software in a performative context. His work is often confidently self-deprecating in offering hilarious parodies of new media vocabularies.” (Marisa Olson, Rhizome) Recent projects include performances for Transmediale, the Stedelijk Museum, FACT, the Tate Liverpool and the New Museum in New York. For more visit jeremybailey.net

Here are Jeremy’s first five…

"Not technically a website, but an App for iPhone and iPad that aggregates all my web news (New York Times, Daily Beast, Guardian etc) including social (facebook, twitter, instagram etc) and more into one beautiful flipbable magazine style layout. I start every morning reading the "Cover stories" then "News" then "Technology" sections either with breakfast or on the subway on my way to work."

I’m a tech news addict, so even after I’ve read all of the technology news on flipboard (which draws from Tech Crunch and Mashable mostly), I’ll usually open up my fave tech blog Gizmodo directly to see what’s new.”

I’m prone to reading twitter more than Facebook recently and I love twitter for it’s immediacy, especially during important events.”

Though I’m still using facebook I’m doing so a less directly and less often now because Flipboard sucks in my feed and Instagram has taken over most of my photo sharing life. I still check it first thing in the morning though, and several times throughout the day - just not every few minutes like I used to.”

I’m a Famous New Media artist, so I always check out rhizome for the latest news on the new media and internet art scene.”

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Rahel Aima is a writer currently based in Dubai and co-editor at The State. Rahel has been previously involved with Triple CanopyGuernica,VersoBrownbook, and the Left Forum

Here are Rahel’s first five…

"Bit unnerving to realise just how much of my day I spend at various Google sites. Gmail is always the first tab I open, followed by Google Analytics. Google Docs—where we do all of our editing—is next, and is probably the one place where I spend most of my day. My sense of direction is nonexistent, even for places I’ve visited a bunch of times before, so I invariably consult Google Maps a few times throughout the day"

I’ve never managed to develop any kind of RSS habit, but Twitter definitely determines the bulk of what I read on any given day. I find myself wanting to try read everything, which is difficult given the number of people I follow. Lately, I’ve been trying to move people onto various themed lists—Middle Eastern art scene, urbanism and architecture, etc. Depending on where I’m living (Dubai or Brooklyn), I might check these several times a day, or once every few weeks or so.”

Although I use my own tumblr more as a visual scrapbook, this is the other place I get a lot of links from. I like using its search function to get a kind of visual pulse of the internet.”

There’s a few weekly radio shows I love, but these aside, various Soundcloud mixes soundtrack much of my day.”

"I’m going to have to madly cheat for this last one. I’ve been terrible with blogging regularly lately, but the next thing I’ll generally do is to check in on a bunch of these sites and aggregators, in hope of sparking something to write about. I really should figure out how to effectively use RSS. I’d love to be able to make sense of Reddit and Metafilter too, one day.

i09 is a favourite, and the first I visit, followed by wmmna, Wired, NextNature, Prosthetic Knowledge, Rhizome, The Next Web, grinding, Kottke, Laughingsquid and FastCoDesign.”

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Professor Andy Miah (@andymiah) is Director of the Creative Futures Institute and Chair of Ethics and Emerging Technologies in the Faculty of Business & Creative Industries at the University of the West of Scotland. He is Global Director for the Centre for Policy and Emerging Technologies, Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and Fellow of FACT, Liverpool.

Here are Andy’s first five…


This is my automated digital aggregator and is the first place I visit in the morning. It informs me about everything that interests me and is essentially a Twitter account that sucks in and pushes out content from all kinds of sources that I’ve found over the years using an RSS feed to deliver links. It includes new journal editions, news from Wired Magazine, Bored Panda, Mashable, along with other media producers.  This is my widest net but and I read all the tweets, so it is also my most comprehensive news/entertainment/research feed.”

The second ‘website’ I use to access content is also on my mobile device (iPhone) and is the Twitter latest stories. I’ve found this to be a nice way of discovering news that matters, rather than just news that the mass media are reporting. It uses the native Twitter app in iPhone. I click on ‘discover’ and it takes me to new stories, trends and follow suggestions - all of which are based partly on the people I follow, so there is a contextual layer which helps promote relevance.”


I love the BBC mobile app and it’s my preferred place to access what the mainstream media are covering. I still believe that the BBC are the greatest news broadcaster in the world and that they have some of the best journalists in the world. The app supersedes watching TV, but I also listen to BBC Radio 4 in the morning via a good old radio.”


I’ve had a pretty long history of early adoption with internet applications and, despite the criticisms of the new giants, I still think they’re good because they work. In Facebook, I enjoy seeing what my friends and colleagues are sharing and particularly value seeing their photographs. It is the people’s flickr to me (but I also have a pro Flickr account).  This is my most social space.”


I’m really stretching the definition of a website now, but the fact is I don’t visit website very much anymore as the content comes to me. Yet, to really understand what I use digitally every day, it’s impossible to neglect Skype, which I use to contact those few people with whom I enjoy a daily relationship. In fact, it may just be one or two people in a day whom I connect with on Skype, but it’s a crucial space for me to discuss current issues and work. This is my narrowest net.”

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Ben Fino-Radin is a New York-based archivist, researcher, media archeologist. As Digital Conservator for Rhizome at the New Museum, he leads the preservation and curation of the ArtBase, one of the oldest and most comprehensive collections of born-digital works of art.

Here are Ben’s first five…

"The following selections were determined strictly through analysis of my browser history (process detailed here).
Morning on the internet. It is time for seeing what the world has accomplished while you slumbered.”

"Every day begins with coffee and Twitter."
"Time to read the listervs (Archives & Archivists, Museum Computer Network, Nettime, Anno NTK, a few others…), and my daily News.me email.”
"At this point something seen or read has piqued my curiosity enough to warrant a new tab and a google query."
"Prismatic does a good job of aggregating interesting reads through analysis of Twitter, including both people I follow and people I do not. This is my morning paper."
"In spite of having a large music collection, YouTube is often my jukebox in the morning."

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Anne Helmond is a PhD candidate with the Digital Methods Initiative, the new media PhD program at the Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam. She joined the Digital Methods Initiative with its initiation in 2007 as an analyst-designer. In her research she focuses on software-engine relations in the blogosphere and cross-syndication politics in social media. She also teaches new media courses in the Media Studies department and blogs about her research on http://www.annehelmond.nl. Her research interests include digital methods, software studies, platform studies, social media and syndication protocols.

Here are Anne’s first five…

"In August 2007 I described my daily blogging routine on my own blog by consciously looking at which websites I visit daily and why. In 2007 my morning routine was as follows: I opened Thunderbird for my email and then Firefox as my browser to visit my start page Netvibes which I used for my feeds, then I would look at my blog’s statistics through a WordPress plugin, and then I would look at the MyBlogLog sidebar widget to find out more about my blog visitors and I would end with a confrontation with my latest blog post which would immediately prompt me to write a new one. I’m very excited to revisit and reflect on my daily routine five years later by providing my First/Top 5. The first thing that strikes me is that my routine has changed significantly because I usually check my phone first (Twitter, Instagram and email) before turning on my laptop.”


"Twitter is one of my favorites and I use it for different purposes. Personally I use it for chatting and entertainment, and professionally I use it to keep up-to-date with new blog posts and articles in my field (New Media Studies/Software Studies), to remotely follow conferences and to connect with scholars in the field."

"I use Google Reader to keep up with all my website and blog subscriptions. I have neatly categorized everything so that during busy times I can mark the LOLblogs and Design categories as read and focus on the blogs and articles in New Media Blogs, Software Studies, Search Engine Blogs and Academic Journals."

"This is currently my favorite service to save articles to read later. While I have collected more articles to read ‘later’ than I will ever be able to read I do try to read a few every other day. The service stores webpages and blogposts in a clean readable format which also makes it a good anti-cluttering reading tool and all saved articles can be accessed through multiple devices (phone, tablet, web). I send articles from multiple social media platforms to this one single location using one of the smartest services on the web: If This, then That. IFTTT allows you to create task ‘recipes’ for combining web services and eliminates the technical knowledge of writing scripts to combine APIs.”

"While this Tumblr is in my Google Reader it deserves to be highlighted. It describes itself as “a tumblr cataloguing online messages that evoke feelings of despair.” It looks at the other side of the ‘Happy Web’ where we Like and Friend by focussing on interface messages that make us feel sad, lonely, estranged, abandoned, worthless and confused."

"One of the oldest and best blogs on anything that is happening on the web. While it keeps me up-to-date with what is happening in the industry I usually quickly skim through the articles announcing a new product, feature or startup as I prefer the longer reflective articles on the state of the web."

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Doug Reside became the first Digital Curator of the Performing Arts at New York Public Library in February of 2011 after serving for four and a half years on the directorial staff of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland in College Park.  He has led numerous Digital Humanities projects and is currently editing the Musical of the Month blog at NYPL which makes available one musical theater libretto each month in various ebook formats.

Here are Doug’s first five…top first five and first five for public content…so, ten.

"Top (leaving off search engines or subscription databases)"






Top for public content”






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Kenneth Goldsmith’s writing has been called some of the most exhaustive and beautiful collage work yet produced in poetry by Publishers Weekly. Goldsmith is the author of ten books of poetry, founding editor of the online archive UbuWeb, and the editor I’ll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews, which is the basis for an opera, “Trans-Warhol,” premiered in Geneva in March of 2007. An hour-long documentary on his work, “Sucking on Words" premiered at the British Library in 2007. From 1996-2009, Goldsmith was the host of a weekly radio show on New York City’s WFMU. He teaches writing at The University of Pennsylvania, where he is a senior editor of PennSound, an online poetry archive. He held the The Anschutz Distinguished Fellow Professorship in American Studies at Princeton University for 2009-10 and received the Qwartz Electronic Music Award in Paris in 2009. In 2011, he co-edited, Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing and published a book essays, Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age. Goldsmith will participate in dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel, Germany, 2012. In 2011, dOCUMENTA(13) published his book Letter To Bettina Funcke as part of their 100 Notes - 100 Thoughts series.

Here are Kenneth’s first five…






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danah boyd is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School, a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales. I am an academic and a scholar and my research examines social media, youth practices, tensions between public and private, social network sites, and other intersections between technology and society.

Here are danah’s first five…

"I’m a news junkie and I start each day with news that comes from people whose perspectives I either agree with or value.  (Later in the day, I look for news that conflicts with my point of view.  But I don’t want to begin my day that way. <grin>)"






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Matt Novak writes the Paleofuture blog for Smithsonian magazine and The Paleofuturist column for the BBC. Matt has written for SlateGOODThe DailyWall Street Journal, TheAtlantic.comio9and is the editor of Paleofuture Magazine. His photographs of the 2011 flood in Minot, North Dakota appeared at BBC News.

Here are Matt’s first five…


"Twitter is really my most interesting news feed. I treat it like TV without DVR. I follow a lot of people (over 1,000) so when I turn it on there are always links to some of the most interesting news of the day. I like to spend the first hour of my day catching up with the rest of the world, since I live in Los Angeles"


"I really appreciate the way that the Atlantic covers technology. Their understanding of history puts new technologies into perspective in a way that you don’t see on many sites"

"Not only does Shaun Usher dig up some of the most interesting things on the web, he puts them in context by providing the necessary historical information to truly appreciate the letters and lists he finds"


"I mostly read Gizmodo for Mat Honan. He usually has the most interesting perspective on any given tech story. I’d love to sit down with him one day and just pick his brain over beer and a Chipotle burrito”


"I know that much like Twitter, this isn’t a traditional "website" but I have many Google Alerts that keep me up to date on things that are important to me. A few of them include: "blade runner," "jetsons," "armageddon" (just so I’m first to know when that starts) "futuristic," and "utopian." After having it for over three years, I can tell you that the word "jetsons" is used in a news story somewhere on the web every. single. day. It’s the easiest short-hand our world seems to have for describing something that is futuristic or was supposed to be futuristic"

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 The Goggles” (a.k.a Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons) are award-winning creators who have produced magazines (most notably, Adbusters), books, television spots, and major international advocacy campaigns, including TV Turnoff, Buy Nothing Day, and the Blackspot Sneaker, which was featured as one of the NY Times ‘Best Ideas’.

They created the internationally acclaimed interactive documentary Welcome to Pine Point, in conjunction with the NFB. They are co-authors of the book I Live Here: ‘A visually stunning narrative in which the lives of refugees and displaced people become at once personal and global.’ The book received significant media attention throughout North America, the UK and was on numerous top-ten book lists.

Here are their first five…

We are both interested in what is happening in the world, both politically and culturally. First up is news: The New York Times and Globe and Mail. The Times, is well, the Times, and provides a depth of coverage and overall excellence that isn’t really available anywhere else. The Globe and Mail has some excellent tendencies, not least that they aspire to be the New York Times of Canada”

We both use Zite, a fantastic build-it-yourself magazine app, on both our phones and iPads. One of its features is that it learns your habits, and automatically gives you more of the things you’ve chosen like to read. After a year, the one source that gets read and forwarded more than any other is The Atlantic Magazine. This surprised us somewhat – how intellectually agile and relevant it was – for a magazine that’s been around for a century and a half”

"We subscribe to the Very Short List, which is produced by the New York Observer. We tried frantically to get Pine Point featured in it, since it was so, well, excellent. (We eventually succeeded, a definite high-water mark for our media features) The premise used to be that you’d get one very succinct email every day, featuring some cultural gem that you would probably have missed. It was brilliantly written, elegant in its erudite presentation, and we felt smarter for having subscribed. Unfortunately, a few months ago, the list went all crazy – the powers that be decided to revamp… Now, there are lots of colours, an email with content that scrolls on for a page and half (and yet somehow retains the ‘very short’  descriptor…) We haven’t unsubscribed, holding out hope they’ll snap out of it…”

"When we first started our project, we subscribed to Twitter, and for the first while, were baffled by its utility. Over time, however, certain people we were following became people who were relentless in their brilliance, and the potential for Twitter (we have all these smart friends who say smart things to us on a daily basis) became clear. The one standout here is Maria Popova, who curates the Brainpickings site. If we were to unfollow everyone in order of amazing things we’ve found out this year, she’d be the last to go. She simply has an uncanny ability to (daily!) unearth amazing things”. 

"Our fifth site is a secret"

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