October 17, 2013

Top 5 media websites where you can learn something new

TED (www.ted.com). At the nonprofit TED, you can watch lectures devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading." Each lecture is shorter than 18 minutes and will cover topics like "New York's streets? Not so mean any more" and "How to live before you die." It started in 1984 as a conference to bring together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, and Design. Since then, the number of worlds has increased. Lately, TED has become so broad that it got criticized for lowering the quality of the lectures, but most of the lectures are still worth watching.

Al Jazeera (youtube.com/user/AlJazeeraEnglish/videos). Al Jazeera can be translate to "The Island" and is a channel launched in 1996. It has since the launch become a worthy competitor to CNN, and their YouTube channel features several documentaries of high quality.

Foundation (foundation.bz). Foundation consists of several interviews with American entrepreneurs. Among others, the interviews include Elon Musk (founder of Tesla Motors, PayPal, SpaceX, SolarCity), the magician David Copperfield, Jack Dorsey (founder of Twitter), and the author/investor Tim Ferriss. The channel started only a few years ago by Kevin Rose, who founded Digg and is now working at Google. I promise you will learn something new from each interview. You can see a summary of the all here: Lessons learned from the Foundation interviews.

Talks at Google (youtube.com/user/AtGoogleTalks/videos) and Google Tech Talks (youtube.com/user/GoogleTechTalks/videos). Google has two not-so-known channels where you can watch recorded lectures held at Google. These lectures range from chefs, like Marcus Samuelsson, to topics like Mindfulness and "Mars Exploration Driven by Curiosity."

60 Minutes (cbsnews.com/60-minutes). The last website is the classic news show 60 Minutes. The show was launched in 1968, but the quality is still high.

Update! I found another one, so this is now a top 6 list.

Reddit Documentaries. (reddit.com/r/documentaries). Reddit is a so called social news website where people can submit links to websites they like and other people can now vote on the links. One of the sections of Reddit is "documentaries" where people can submit links to documentaries they have found.

...and another one.

Vice. Vice is an international magazine focused on arts, culture, and news topics. Vice News broadcasts documentaries about the world's most important, current topics. They have two good youtube-channels: