Here's an interesting bit of self-assessment you might try, spawned by a post last week from Jeremiah Owyang at PodTech.net: What's your media consumption diet? In hopes that others would do the same, Owyang outlined where he gets his recommended daily allowances of information and entertainment -- from top to bottom: Web, music, TV, communication, movies, magazines, books, newspapers.
My breakdown's after the jump. Tell me about yours in the comments.
Online -- I get daily e-mail newsletters from: the NYT, WSJ, WaPo, Slate, Salon, ArtsJournal, NRF SmartBrief, CTIA SmartBrief, NAPTE Daily Update. RetailForward, Retail Update, Reason, Christianity Today, the Poynter Institude, SciTech Daily, Very Short List. Daily Candy, Ideal Bite, WhoWhatWear Daily, Charles & Marie, Philanthropy Today, IG's TrendCentral, YPulse update, Ikea Hacker, News.com news alerts (green news), Marketwatch, Marketplace, Blumsday, Powell's Review-a-Day, GMSV (linked above).
Also, have I gushed about Feedblitz? It pulls the RSS feeds from the weblogs I follow regularly, including Rex Hammock's weblog, 43 Folders, Good magazine, not martha, Starbucks Gossip and Buzzfeed. I get one daily round-up of those blogs (plus about eight others like NotCot). I love that I neither have to surf nor leave my e-mail client to get full weblog posts.
Also, there are other sites I hit, but I don't feel like plowing through the week's browser history to pull them up.
If I had to assign an RDA ... 65%.
Music -- This is tiny, for many reasons. First, I listen to news radio to and from the ferry, so I don't listen in the car. Second, when I'm at work, I'm usually listening to podcasts. However, if I need to buckle down and work without distraction, I'll put on a playlist, click the "repeat" button on iTunes and jam. My work playlist is currently scrambling The Dan Band Live! by the Dan Band, Bill Hicks' Rant in E Minor and the original Broadway cast recording of Rent.
The cognitive dissonance keeps me sharp. It also occasionally causes me to send e-mails to Phil reading, "Rent's "La Vie Boheme" is to Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" as Generation X is to the Baby Boomers. WHY has nobody noticed this before?"
If I had to assign an RDA ... 2%
TV -- Y'all, I watch the Colbert Report and The Soup and that is as close as I get to TV news. If I'm lucky, I also manage a TiVo'd episode of Clean House (my latest reality trainwreck TV viewing) each day, and then there's NBC's Thursday comedy block and FOX's animated shows on Sunday. And then, for those moments when I'm in too good a mood, I catch up with backlogged episodes of The Wire. And then there's the matter of the two of us having shows to recap. And all the backlog on the TiVo like Heroes, the State Within ... oy.
If I had to assign an RDA ... 3%
Communication -- I'm assuming this is other people telling me news? Um.
If I had to assign an RDA ... 1%.
However! If it's radio, I still listen to Marketplace daily, in part because I love the way they present business news and in part because I have schoolgirl crushes on Sean Cole, Cash Peters and Kai Ryssdal. Also, I catch as much of Morning Edition and All Things Considered as I can, and I listen to Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me on the weekend.
If I had to assign an RDA ... 3%
Movies -- Maybe a TiVo'd movie on the weekend.
If I had to assign an RDA ... "not a significant source."
Magazines -- Oh, I love print. I'm now subbing to the New Yorker (which explained for me this week why the daddy long-legs living in the corner of my living room is now much fatter and the rest of the spiders in the house are gone), Entertainment Weekly, Scientific American, Reason, Sunset, Cottage Living (although actually reading the words "that's not a cottage thought" in one issue had me seriously contemplating unsubscribing) and Cook's Illustrated. And on the news stand, I buy the Economist and Us. Don't judge me!
If I had to assign an RDA ... 12%
Books -- I know it doesn't look like, because I keep forgetting to write up the books here, but I'm still reading an average of 1-1.5 books weekly.
If I had to assign an RDA ... 10%
Newspapers -- I read the San Francisco Chronicle daily (only section I skip? Sports) and the Alameda Journal every so often.
If I had to assign an RDA ... 4%.
That's mine. What is yours? I love learning how other people find out what they know.