At this point, my media diet is like Istanbul, layers of ancient and modern all mixed together. My main dashboard is Netvibes, the RSS reader (so 2004!), which I use to track several generalist sites -- Crooked Timber and 3Quarks daily, Slashdot and BoingBoing, Guardian and Al Jazeera.
I'm addicted to reddit, as all right-thinking people are, and check r/politics and r/worldnews daily.
After that, a lot of it comes via email (so 1974!). The three media mails I most look forward to start with thelistserve.com
(it's usually the oddest of the three). Next is News.me, a) because they use click-stream data from bit.ly
, so they have a better raw filter, and b) no matter how many thousands of things people shared yesterday in my stream, they just mail me 5 links a day. I also subscribe to Conor Friedersdorf's "The Best of Journalism," three great stories curated by an actual human being.
The long tail of email is a bunch of Google alerts on various subjects I'm tracking -- Kony, newspaper economics, stuff like that.
But for all that, the most important tool I have isn't an application, it's discipline. There are lots of applications that start with the premise "Did you know that there are interesting things on the Internet that _you haven't seen yet???_ (Which: yes, we know.) The trick is to adopt both tools and practices that maximize relevance instead of volume, and minimize time spent searching in favor of time spent reading. Tools can help with that (as with News.me), but the most important thing isn't the tool, but the mindset of the user.