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To read or not to read?

The oth­er day I received an inter­est­ing email ask­ing how I found a par­tic­u­lar site. Now, I’m guess­ing the author did­n’t mean what link I found it from, or how I came across it, but instead what my expe­ri­ence of the site was and why did I read it.
It was an inter­est­ing ques­tion, and one which made me think. The blog in ques­tion cov­ers many dif­fer­ent things, from the geeky side of life (Apple, OS X and gad­gets) to some more ques­tion­able things like hack­ing CS3 betas so they last for­ev­er and how to hack a WEP encryp­tion.
Now the rea­son I read it, is for the geeky stuff, the lit­tle gad­gets etc which I find an inter­est in. I guess most peo­ple would read it for that rea­son if they had an inter­est in such things. After receiv­ing the email, I tried to envis­age why the sender would ask such a ques­tion. The high­light­ed the fact I am a Chris­t­ian in the email as they asked how a 22 year old stu­dent finds the site in ques­tion. It got me think­ing, should I real­ly be read­ing the site if they post some quite ques­tion­able things, as pre­vi­ous­ly men­tioned?
It’s some­thing I’m still think­ing about, but it made me want to pose the ques­tion to you guys. Do you just read what you come across and the posts in your RSS with­out real­ly think­ing about it? Even if they are amongst accept­able con­tent, should you still be read­ing those blogs if they have some stuff in that you don’t agree with?
edit: Just realised I did­n’t have a title for this, don’t know how that slipped by!

8 responses

  1. Tough ques­tion man.
    Does it cause you to fall? There was a blog I read on a reg­u­lar basis.
    Though the truth and in the news, they post­ed some sto­ries that i should­n’t read but found myself drawn to them.
    So I delet­ed the blog from my read­er. How far do I take this? Will I take this? We’ll see ’cause IDK.

  2. Tough ques­tion man.
    Does it cause you to fall? There was a blog I read on a reg­u­lar basis.
    Though the truth and in the news, they post­ed some sto­ries that i should­n’t read but found myself drawn to them.
    So I delet­ed the blog from my read­er. How far do I take this? Will I take this? We’ll see ’cause IDK.

  3. Good ques­tion Simon. Think­ing about it, I can;t think of a time where I’ve looked into some­thing I don’t agree with from the blog, but I’m still think­ing about whether it should be in my RSS read­er or not. I’m in the dilem­ma of, I don’t think it has caused em to fall yet, but could it? Should I remove the temp­ta­tion, part of me is think­ing I should.

  4. Good ques­tion Simon. Think­ing about it, I can;t think of a time where I’ve looked into some­thing I don’t agree with from the blog, but I’m still think­ing about whether it should be in my RSS read­er or not. I’m in the dilem­ma of, I don’t think it has caused em to fall yet, but could it? Should I remove the temp­ta­tion, part of me is think­ing I should.

  5. That’s an inter­est­ing point Rab­steen. I’ve not been tempt­ed to so far, and I’ve kept the site in ques­tion in my feed read­er and con­tin­ued to be very selec­tive in what I read. I don’t feel the need to delete it at the moment, but I think I am going to con­tin­ue to ques­tion what I read, some­thing I should be doing any­way.

  6. That’s an inter­est­ing point Rab­steen. I’ve not been tempt­ed to so far, and I’ve kept the site in ques­tion in my feed read­er and con­tin­ued to be very selec­tive in what I read. I don’t feel the need to delete it at the moment, but I think I am going to con­tin­ue to ques­tion what I read, some­thing I should be doing any­way.

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