My media diet What - and how! - I watch, read, and listen.

I subscribed to the digital versions of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal a few years ago when I found out that being a student meant I got discounted memberships - just $5 a month.

This fall, when I moved to Los Angeles, I also signed up to get the Saturday and Sunday editions of the Los Angeles Times delivered to my house. It's really cheap - $8 for three months - and I feel good about helping support a local institution (rather than using Apple News or something similar). Plus, their food coverage is really good, and has lots of interesting writers assigned to cover unusual topics.

Mostly, though, I really love reading a physical paper for an hour or so on the weekend. I like it partly because it keeps me away from my phone, where I can end up on doom-scrolling through social media, but I also like having a ritual that stays pretty consistent each week. Looking at so many ads is definitely a drawback, but even then sometimes I find something interesting - this week there was an ad for a kimchi store I'm going to try later this week!

I listen to a TON of podcasts - probably 2-3 hours per weekday, on average.

What I like about podcasts is that because I work at home, lots of parts of the day that would be filled with office or school interactions are pretty solitary. Listening to podcasts fills that time with at least the simulacrum of human social interaction, though of course it's not the same as, uh, being around real people!

My podcast listening is pretty stereotypical, I think. I listen to a few news/media shows, a handful of movie/television shows (including some "industry gossip" podcasts), and then - and I'm a little embarrassed to say this - a LOT of comedy and food (or comedy/food!) podcasts. What can I say, I like what I like!

I started listening to podcasts as a replacement for reading blog posts. I was a big fan of Google Reader, would basically comb all the blogs I read and aggregate them in one place. One feature I really like about podcasts is that they all "live" in one place in my phone, and it's easy for me to create a kind of "to-listen" queue on my phone, with each individual file "saving my place" when I stop listening.

I recently signed up for YouTube TV - or, more accurately, I got my parents to give me their YouTube TV password.

I have access to Netflix and Amazon Prime normally, but I wanted a way to watch live television - something about trying to pick something to watch from their huge libraries always tired me out and made me not want to pick anything.

I think you would call that a classic case of "analysis paralysis."

The biggest reason I wanted live TV access was to watch live sports - which, if you don't know, are almost impossibly complicated to figure out how to stream online. Different channels, services, regions, time zones, permissions - it's super complicated! And can be expensive.

What I like about YouTube TV is that it seems to generally carry most things. Which is perfect for me, the amateur sports viewer, though it might not be great for someone who was a Very Devoted Fan Of One Specific Team.

I also watched the first presidential debate this fall.

I did not enjoy watching it. But! It was nice to watch it on a TV that I could turn off when I wanted to be done - rather than on my laptop, where I would be more tempted to have it on while doing other things.

Created By
Max Suechting