My daily reading – Part One

I am very fortunate to have a job where I get to geek out over web 2.0, social networking sites, blogs, etc. all day long. In my daily online education, I read several blogs on “social media” and such. Here are 3 of my daily faves:

Ars Technica

Newsy blog about technology news and trends; lots of intellectual property oriented news and commentary. Snark-free, no racy tech insider gossip to inflate page views (*cough* Valleywag *cough*) If you follow technology and the music industry in particular, you will find a lot to chew on here. I especially appreciate its international focus.

Mashable

All the cool nerds read Mashable. If social networking is a big part of your job (i.e. “I run my organizations Facebook page!”) or you’ve got a brilliant idea for a Web 2.0 start-up like 80% of the world, then Mashable should be a daily read. Also a good place for new social network invites and helpful tips.

Convergence Culture Blog

Academic yet accessible, this blog is run by the good folks at MIT’s Comparative Media Studies department. If you care about sociological/culture aspects of how Web 2.0/participatory culture/fan culture affect how we communicate, consume and create, this is the blog for you. Best of all, it’s free of academic jargon and cultural studies navel-gazing!