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Reading outside your area of interest

A reasonable amount of the information that I consume comes either via scanning twitter or from my prismatic feed but I noticed that I'm quite biased to reading things in similar subject areas.

I tend to end up reading about data mining/science, functional programming and startups and while the articles are mostly interesting it does eventually start to feel like you're in an echo chamber.

I have a subscription to the ACM mainly because I enjoy reading the 'Communications of the ACM' magazine which gets sent out every month and until recently I only read articles which I thought would be interesting.

This unfortunately meant that I was adding to the problem I mentioned earlier whereby everything I read is about similar topics.

I decided to try and change that by reading the magazine from cover to cover and although I haven't finished yet it's been an interesting experience and I've read about things that I wouldn't have thought to read about including:

This seems to be a reasonably good way of diversifying what I read/learn because an editor has decided what I should read rather than me choosing or an algorithm choosing based on what I've previously read.

Having said that, I'd be intrigued to know what approaches/strategies others have for getting knowledge of a broader range of topics.

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