I find that general information sources and knowledge sources are:-
2. television (i fit squarely within the definition of ‘channel surfer’ – Discovery Travel and Living, CNN, BBC, Asian Food Channel, Bio Channel, Style Channel, CNBC. I also love Boston Legal, Cashmere Mafia, Lipstick Jungle, SATC, Grey’s Anatomy and even Private Practice!)
3. books (love!)
4. the internet (google has the answers. wikipedia too)
5. magazines (a cause of my cashflow problem)
6. generally keeping eyes and ears open and putting 2 and 2 together
8. divine inspiration (?)
I know people who rely mostly on #6 and somehow manage to form huge oceans of knowledge, though usually on a specific area of interest. These people are usually quite sharp in observation and have fixed and distinct areas of interest. They seem to already know what’s featured in the media in relation to their interests.
I also know people a lot of people who learn most new things through item #7 above – These people I don’t understand. #1, #2 and #3 don’t really rank on their lists. I’m also wary of relying on what I hear from them as, hey, wouldn’t this be like, 5th hand information by the time I hear it.
My greatest curiosity of all, is how the bulk of people get by without reading either the newspaper or books?