I value my time, and, probably like you, get news and information from multiple sources (internet, magazines, newspapers, and TV being the principle venues). As far as magazines go, Wired is my favorite by far; I still look forward to getting it after 5 years, and on the off chance it doesn't arrive in the mail on time, I slap around my mailbox in dissapointment.
It's impossible to not be intrigued by whatever cutting-edge technology they're following, the stories of the pioneers who are developing it, and the social implications of their deployment.
But Wired is about much more than new and interesting technology, for me, it's about perspective. Wired always takes an adventurous and unorthodox view on todays social, scientific, and political topography. But most refreshingly, they observe the world optimistically.
How rare is that!
I'm abundantly aware of the misery of this planet, and in case I momentarily forget, I can cycle through any of the 10 news channels I have on TV for a stinging dose of painful reality. Wired doesn't keep you immune to the challenges of our day, but rather than "objectively" explore them, they help me view the news through a lens of productive possibility.
In addition, every issue contains a "radar update of cool"; cool music, movies, books...cool gadgets for home and lifestyle; Wired is - aside from being my favorite magazine - also, in my humble opinion, the coolest.
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