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What I Read – Dave Nelson

by on May 29th, 2011

Wausau resident Dave Nelson is a broadcaster, podcaster, blogger, sci-fi geek and technology enthusiast.  He produces daily and weekly podcasts for his website.  He also writes fiction.  You can follow everything he does at or via Twitter.

I’m your typical 21st century media consumer.  Most of what I read comes from the Internet, either via my computer or iPhone.  To tell you the truth I don’t remember the last time I bought a newspaper, magazine or anything made out of paper, besides the kind a person uses in the bathroom.

You may do the same but even before I get out of bed I’m logged onto Twitter, checking the news, in case something big happened while I was sleeping .  My favorite site to follow is @breakingnews, which tweets out the huge, important stories happening from around the world.  I also follow @reuters and @ajenglish. Locally @wsaw and @wausauherald.

As soon as I’m caught up with current events I’ll wander over to Facebook for a bit to see what my friends are up to.  After I’m done reading status updates and leaving a comment or two I’m back on Twitter.

If you were to look at my feed it would quickly become apparent that I’m big into technology.  About ¾ of the people I follow have something to do with the tech industry.  I also like brainless stupid stuff like @popurls.  They’ll tweet out links to “viral” videos, photos and websites.   I’m also currently following @oldmansearch which is a Twitter account set up by an 81-year-old man who was told by his son that it’s for search so you’ll see tweets like “Is Alex Trebek really smart” and “weather Indianapolis Indiana.”  Yeah, I know, it’s not very nice but sure is damned funny!

No, you’re not crazy thinking that all I seem to be on is Twitter.  It’s pretty much the only way I get fed content.  I will go on once in a while if the Twittersphere slows down.  I also have a bunch of science fiction websites saved in my Google reader for information to put together the podcasts I produce.

Once in a while I’ll read blogs too.  A couple I always go back to Seth Godin’s, who posts a new one every couple days and my friend @lorilewis writes a blog for  a radio industry website.  Hers is actually about broadcasting in a social networking and web 2.0 world.  It’s also fun to search out local bloggers from time to time.  Interesting to get people’s perspective of things happening around Central Wisconsin.

I usually like to wind down my day with some book reading and the subjects are usually sci-fi related.  The weird thing is the last couple were called the same thing!  “Feed” by Mira Grant which follows a group of bloggers living in a future, post-zombie apocalypse world and M.T. Anderson’s “Feed” about a future where the Internet is fed directly into our brains.   And by the way, I bought both of these books using the Kindle app on my iPhone.  The screen’s a little small for reading but it’s not impossible.  I’d love to have one of those fancy tablet computers like an iPad!

If you’re looking for something to read, check out my fiction blog.

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