Paul Vosper: Technical Artist

Media Diet Fall 2020

After the 2016 US Presidential election, like a lot of other folks I became more interested in current events - and world history. I wanted to read “real news”, but also support the folks who wrote about it. Here’s a current list of favorite places for information and ideas:

Paid subscriber:

  • Seattle Times — Seattle area news, plus great opinions and insights on local politics.
  • New York Times — Essential American news from a New York perspective.
  • Guardian — World news configured for American consumption.
  • Atlantic — Long-form articles about current events. Essential reading, as it always challenges my view of the world.
  • Letters from an American — Historian Heather Cox Richardson putting today’s news in historical context.
  • WTF Just Happened Today — “Today’s essential guide to the daily shock and awe in national politics.” Curated by Seattle’s Matt Kiser. This is the only thing that kept me sane during the first years of the current regime.
  • The Morning News — Links to interesting things happening on the web. Not just news, but books, culture and occasionally potato chips.
  • Drawing Links — Edith Zimmerman draws non-fiction comics about life and “cool things”.

Fan/freeloader

  • Next Draft — Curated news stories with insightful commentary punctuated by really bad puns. Really good puns? I read this via the app daily.
  • Laura Olin — Curated newsletter of “lovely and/or meaningful things” from a seriously fascinating “digital strategist”.

There’s more — there’s always more — but this is what I consume on a regular basis. It’ll be interesting to see what’s in the “media diet” in another four years.

20.09.25