I don’t know how many people actually read physical magazines anymore. Presumable some people do or they would have fizzled up fast. Especially because I rock the dorm life, I do all my reading online. Like sensible people, obviously. I used to get Rolling Stone delivered to my house, back when they had credible content, and I know my dad reads TIME. But he’s also a social studies teacher and put the covers up in his classroom. I don’t know how much reading he actually does.
There are many, many online magazines and news websites. Clearly not all of them are made equally. I’m a dedicated reader of exactly three:
Why should I read this? As a citizen of the 21st century, we all should make an effort to understand what is happening in the tech world. Not, to say, that Wired is all about technology. They do editorials and global affairs, but many of them are through a tech lense. The reporting is smart and thorough, and their twitter feed is updated frequently so you won’t miss anything if you don’t go to their homepage. There might be a paywall, but I have honestly never encountered this, though some of their subscription ads imply that there is one.
Where to start: This Silk Road story is two parts and long, but it’s one hell of a piece of reporting. The illustrations are superb and the writing style is extremely compelling and reminiscent of Capote’s In Cold Blood in terms of narrative structure. Not to mention that Silk Road and the deep web is fascinating. A great read for the bus or train. Nick Bilton, who helped write the story, is turning the case into a book set to come out next year (infuriatingly I couldn’t find anything else on it).
Why should I read this? Vice is probably the craziest place on the internet. They do real news, of course, but the strength of the mag are editorials from people who have been places. Everything from gay hookups in Qatar, to illegal abortions in Argentina, to an analysis on if Donald Trump is a fascist. There is no fear. On Vice you can find stories that will be nowhere else. Right now the site’s top banner is an article on what it’s like to drop LSD in a high-security prison. How’s that for intrigue?
Where to start? I recommend just going to the homepage and seeing what interests you but the article that comes to mind is How I Figured out the Rules of my Three-Way Relationship , which is, you guessed it, an editorial about a man who is in a relationship with two people. Together. All the time. It may be just me, but stories like this aren’t told, and I’m so happy Vice is around so they can be.
Ok, to be fair, you’re probably not going to read the Boston Globe unless you’re from New England. It’s the only genuine news site that I visit with any frequency, however. It also has a paywall, five per month? week? Five per something, I know that. It’s most famous for its reporting on the molestation of Catholic priests, which brings the Globe back into the news again because of the movie that’s coming out soon (Spotlight). If you’re interested in learning the backstory behind the case, the Globe has put together a little guide on the story and movie that you can read here