What should I read to seem educated?

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Re: What should I read to seem educated?

Postby Blindmelon » Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:47 pm

Mr. Pancakes wrote:
Theworm788 wrote:I'm not trolling; I just, as a stereotypical American, know nothing about the world. It has gotten worse since I've started law school because I don't have friends or watch TV anymore.

I prefer written media to TV because I'll be able to read it in between classes.

It depends on what you are into. I use http://www.drudgereport.com , but that may not be your thing. it'sa little extremely conservative leaning, but it aggregates a bunch of articles onto one site for easier access.


FTFY. Drudge is great if you want to know the latest conservative gossip and conspiracy theories, but its not good for much else. WSJ has been going down a bit in my opinion (the editorials have become garbage). Economist is always a good idea, Financial Times is great too.
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Re: What should I read to seem educated?

Postby I.P. Daly » Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:50 pm

The Atlantic and The Economist are great.

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Re: What should I read to seem educated?

Postby TheFactor » Sun Feb 05, 2012 6:39 pm

Drudge Report obv

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Re: What should I read to seem educated?

Postby LjakW » Sun Feb 05, 2012 6:44 pm

Renzo wrote:Oh, I forgot to mention: as an added bonus, if you subscribe to the Economist, you can download an audio edition of a word-for word reading of each week's issue. Great way to get some high-quality news while you're driving of folding laundry.

Any idea what the length in minutes is for a typical issue?

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Re: What should I read to seem educated?

Postby krepitch » Mon Feb 06, 2012 12:10 pm

Hot Pocket wrote:
Mr. Pancakes wrote:
OldMan2015 wrote:The Economist is excellent for what you want.

I agree with this. pretty good magazine.

Magazines: Economist, Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, and anything Michael Lewis puts into Vanity Fair.

Read these and you'll sound educated, for sure.

You can get student discounts on at least the first two. The Economist also has excellent iPhone and iPad apps that make it easier to read an entire issue in a week. Foreign Affairs is working on an app, too, but their mobile site is pretty good for now.

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Re: What should I read to seem educated?

Postby krepitch » Mon Feb 06, 2012 12:31 pm

LjakW wrote:
Renzo wrote:Oh, I forgot to mention: as an added bonus, if you subscribe to the Economist, you can download an audio edition of a word-for word reading of each week's issue. Great way to get some high-quality news while you're driving of folding laundry.

Any idea what the length in minutes is for a typical issue?


Seven hours, but you can play it at 1.5x and save some time.

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Re: What should I read to seem educated?

Postby pattonthicke » Mon Feb 06, 2012 12:50 pm

realclearpolitics.com----they link to all the top news articles from all the different newspapers--ny times, economist, and they even throw in the garbage too---the nation, WSJ.

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Re: What should I read to seem educated?

Postby Helmholtz » Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:55 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:For a quick overview that is easy to read, The Week magazine gathers the major stories and commentary from other news outlets and publications.


+1

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Re: What should I read to seem educated?

Postby Borhas » Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:57 pm

The Economist if you are a libertarian
The New Yorker if you are a liberal
The Wallstreet Journal if you are a Republican

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Re: What should I read to seem educated?

Postby NeighborGuy » Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:34 am

Theworm788 wrote:Part of the reason that I'm questioning whether to do this is because I really don't care about the rest of the world, even a little. I can probably name fewer than 20 countries other than America (I'm the kind of person who insists on calling American America, even though I know other countries insist on calling us the United States).

It's just about trying to fool other people into thinking I'm less ignorant than I actually am...but I'm not sure if it's worth all the effort. I'm also considering just accepting my ignorance and turning it into a strength.

'MERICA.


Just force your uneducated opinions down people's throats night and day, and after a while people will start thinking you must know what you're talking about. If you're really good at this, you could become a radio pundit.

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Re: What should I read to seem educated?

Postby pugilistjd » Fri Feb 24, 2012 11:32 am

Why does this post exist...?

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Re: What should I read to seem educated?

Postby BeenDidThat » Fri Feb 24, 2012 11:38 am

pugilistjd wrote:Why does this post exist...?


Because OP wrote it. Any more stupid questions?

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Re: What should I read to seem educated?

Postby Mr. Pancakes » Fri Feb 24, 2012 11:52 am

pugilistjd wrote:Why does this post exist...?

Why are you dragging up dead threads? Let it die if you don't like it.

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Re: What should I read to seem educated?

Postby pdeturk » Fri Feb 24, 2012 11:57 am

The Financial Times for a daily account of world news

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Re: What should I read to seem educated?

Postby pugilistjd » Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:19 pm

BeenDidThat wrote:
pugilistjd wrote:Why does this post exist...?


Because OP wrote it. Any more stupid questions?

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Mr. Pancakes wrote:
pugilistjd wrote:Why does this post exist...?

Why are you dragging up dead threads? Let it die if you don't like it.

Never said I didn't like it. I'm just curious about whether there was a specific reason why OP wanted to seem educated. Peer acceptance? Schmoozing? I also wonder considering that OP got into law school in the first place why this would be an issue assuming he's not at a TTT.

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Re: What should I read to seem educated?

Postby BeenDidThat » Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:44 am

pugilistjd wrote:Never said I didn't like it. I'm just curious about whether there was a specific reason why OP wanted to seem educated. Peer acceptance? Schmoozing? I also wonder considering that OP got into law school in the first place why this would be an issue assuming he's not at a TTT.


Try reading the thread. You'd be amazed at what you find.

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Re: What should I read to seem educated?

Postby reformed calvinist » Sat Feb 25, 2012 7:27 pm

Buy a copy of Gravity's Rainbow. Sit in lounge. Hold as conspicuously as possible.

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Re: What should I read to seem educated?

Postby quakeroats » Sat Feb 25, 2012 7:32 pm


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Re: What should I read to seem educated?

Postby reformed calvinist » Sat Feb 25, 2012 7:34 pm

quakeroats wrote:
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Or, of course, Infinite Jest, Consider the Lobster, et al.

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Re: What should I read to seem educated?

Postby Borhas » Sun Feb 26, 2012 5:25 pm

quakeroats wrote:
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I always thought this guy was one of the Geico cavemen, but I zoomed in and realized its just some unknown asshole

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Re: What should I read to seem educated?

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Re: What should I read to seem educated?

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Re: What should I read to seem educated?

Postby run26.2 » Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:37 am

Do you have an iPhone or an iPad? I recommend Zite. It is a personalizable magazine. You pick the sections and it goes to the sites and downloads a bunch of stories for you. For some stories, it actually condenses the article into 1-2 pages that you can read in under a minute. But it also has links to the full article if you want more. Zite allows you to upvote and downvote stories, so it becomes tailored to your interest.

Finally, you can setup fairly obscure (from a news-provider's perspective) categories. For instance, I have setup a "Patent" category, which delivers stories from numerous sources, mainly related to patent litigation. I can't think of another way to get this in one place.

Zite is a great way to scan the headlines and read 2-3 stories in 10 under minutes.

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Re: What should I read to seem educated?

Postby MachineLemon » Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:42 am

Renzo wrote:Oh, I forgot to mention: as an added bonus, if you subscribe to the Economist, you can download an audio edition of a word-for word reading of each week's issue. Great way to get some high-quality news while you're driving of folding laundry.


! I didn't know this. Awesome.

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