Do you know what happens when you set foot in the ocean?

In that brief moment, you touch the world, all of it, because every drop of water that touches your feet has touched every shore, every beach ever.

So it is with the Internet, with social media, and with the news. When you check the morning news in your country, do you just check what’s happening in your nation, province, or city? Or do you take advantage of that little copper or fiber wire in your wall that is your footstep into the world?

I try to make a habit of checking headlines from major news sources every day to see more than one perspective. On my morning news-stand (fed into Google Reader and Calibre for the Kindle as well):

  • BBC News
  • The Boston Globe
  • Bloomberg
  • Reuters
  • CNN
  • The New York Times
  • Daily Telegraph
  • Montreal Gazette
  • Toronto Globe and Mail
  • The Sydney Morning Herald
  • Asahi Shinbun
  • Al Jazeera
  • The Jerusalem Post
  • Xinhua

If you don’t already read the headlines or news from a country other than your own, start today. It’s free to do and will give you a much wider perspective on what the world thinks is important. As recently happened with President Obama’s speech in Cairo, while the American media was occupied with David Carradine’s death, the rest of the world was mulling over the President’s words. If you read only American news sources, you might have missed some very interesting reactions elsewhere.

Are you deeply involved in social media? If so, chances are you’ve got at least one follower or friend in another country. Might be useful to know what’s topping the news where your friends are, too.

What’s on your news-stand?

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