‘’Popularity and recency doest not equal valuable.’’ Yet, most of your mainstream social media feeds are focused on the first two. As a result, we can observe a content industrialisation where the objective is to always get more reach and engagement. The content is shaped to maximise this outcome alone, often leaving aside the quality of the writings and the originality of the ideas. Nothing entirely wrong with that, there is some good in having such feeds too. But, as a few bloggers recommend it, if you want to discover new thoughts you might have to rewild your attention. And that mean taking your distance from your social feeds and finding alternative/underground sources of information. You can achieve that in many different ways but here are 4 things I try to do on a regular basis: (1) Grow a collection of low signal blogs in my RSS reader (I really like to use NetNewsWire for that), (2) Read constructive discussions on the Less Wrong forum (I am obsessed with the quality and eclecticism of this forum), (3) Spend some time deliberately searching for terms I don’t understand well (search more, browse less). (4) Trigger Wikipedia’s random article button when I want some adventure. And you, what are your tricks?
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