Websurfing 102: News, Movies, and Music

Here are four more websites to help better utilize the internet. It’s easy to get lost in the vast sea of empty websites and videos, but there’s plenty of fish in the sea.

All Sides


People can’t seem to agree that any one particular news publication is capable of credibility. If I don’t trust Politico’s coverage, but someone I’m arguing with is citing Politico then we can’t have a simple discussion. How does this problem get solved? Read more and read from everywhere. All Sides is a site that aggregates news articles on particular topics with opinions/coverage from the left, center and right. Through this, it’s easier to get a full picture on a particular topic and understand/dispute other perspectives.

News Map


An aggregation site for new of all types from various publications. At first this website can seem a bit overwhelming, but after a bit of tinkering it becomes an easy and clean way of figuring out what’s going on in the world, and what’s the largest new stories of the day. It’s customizable so that you don’t need to look at sports news if you don’t want to.

Short of the Week


This is, without a doubt, one of the most satisfying websites to use. This aggregation site for new short films is a great source of inspiring bite-sized stories. The clean interface creates a funnel of fantastic and easy to binge-watch short stories. There’s not much else to say here. It’s a great site, check it out.

Like a Version” Series on Triple J

Triple J, an Australian radio station, has a great series called “Like A Version” where bands will come in and play a song of theirs along with a cover of a song that they love. After finding this series I found a several interesting takes on songs that I love by bands that I love. The bands that have come on the show range from low profile to widely known artists like Childish Gambino and the Arctic Monkeys.

So there you go, another four pieces of the internet that hopefully leave you better than when you found them. Remember, avoid the cat videos and meaningless social media feeds. Focus on what’s useful and worthwhile.

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