Monday, March 12, 2007

Media Consumption Meme

A couple weeks ago Tara Hunt of HorsePigCow tagged me to be a part of the media consumption meme that has been flying around. It's been a pretty busy couple weeks, so I'm just now getting to it:

Books: My favorite category! I don't get to read as much now that I work from home--one of the advantages of commuting by bus or BART is lots of reading time! I keep track of what I read each year and have posted lists of my favorite books in 2006 and 2005.

This year I've read Momentum by Allison Fine, WorldChanging by Alex Steffen, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World by John Wood, and am finishing up The Spiritual Activist by Claudia Horwitz. I try to buy books from independent bookstores, we have a lot of great ones in the Bay Area, but I do love to order from Amazon or Powells for the "Santa Factor." You know, gift arriving on your doorstep--it's hard to beat the rush.

The next book on my list is Women Empowered: Inspiring Change in the Emerging World by Isabel Allende (Contributor), Madeleine Albright (Contributor) and Phil Borges (Photographer).

Magazines: My two favorites that I read cover to cover are Ode and GOOD. I also flip through my monthly subscription to Harper's Bazaar so I don't become a complete frump.

Movies: We always say that we are going to watch the small, independent films in the independent theaters and rent the blockbusters, but the reality is, we see the blockbusters on the big screen at chain theaters, and rent the rest from Netflix. The last movie we rented, which I highly recommend, was Shut Up and Sing, a documentary about the Dixie Chicks' life after lead singer, Natalie Maines', anti-George Bush statement at a 2003 concert. I had no idea that her life was threatened because of it. What is wrong with people?

Not only is it a documentary about their experience, but also about the rise and fall of support for the war, and for Bush over the last four years. It is particularly poignant to watch the film while knowing that they would go on to win five Grammys this year, including Song of the Year for "“Not Ready to Make Nice".

Music: I buy CDs sometimes, but mostly I download music from the iTunes Music Store. My most recent download, after seeing, Shut up and Sing, was the Dixie Chicks, "Not Ready to Make Nice," and "Travelin' Soldier." The most recent concert I went to was to see Michael Franti at the Warfield in San Francisco--awesome.

Radio: I don't listen to the radio, but I do listen to podcasts. Some of my favs are from UNICEF, 501c3Cast and Barack Obama.

TV: I watch more TV than I like to admit. We have TiVo so it allows me to see my favorites whenever I want which are, The Daily Show (never miss an episode), Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy, Lost, Psych and Living with Ed. I like Numb3rs too, but it has been conflicting with Psych, so Psych wins. I am really looking forward to the launch of the Sundance Channel's new series, The Green.

Web: I use Firefox for my browser, for social bookmarking and Bloglines for my blog and news feeds.

Communication: I use Apple's Mail program for my personal email and read email online from my Electric Embers account for work. I use Skype for instant messaging, and some phone calls. I use my landline and cell phone for the rest of my calls. I haven't started to use Twitter yet, but would love to hear people's opinion about it.

I'd like to hear about the media consumption of Green LA Girl, Vale of Evening Fog, Katya's Nonprofit Marketing Blog and ext337.


  1. Anonymous11:43 AM

    I loved "Shut Up and Sing". I saw another great documentary on the same subject entitled, "Protesting the Dixie Chicks". I'm not sure if it's on Netflix....???
    Go Chicks!!!

  2. Anonymous5:14 AM

    Hi Britt,

    I'm getting in touch with you from The Economist as I'm working on an internet innovation unit for them. We've got six months to come up with an innovative web product and one of our criteria is to make a difference.

    That seems to be what you're doing, so if you (or your readers) have got any idea of what The Economist could do, then please submit an idea at We've got our brief on there, and I wrote a more personal one on our blog.

    By the way, I also have a little charity side project you might want to look at - its called the Kill Cancer Death Rally. Its quite funny.

    Thanks a lot for your time and keep up the good work.



  3. Anonymous9:06 AM

    Whew! Your list exhausts me, Britt. And then I did mine. And now I have to take a nap.


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