I cannot recommend Alain de Botton‘s The School of Life enough. I know of no other thinkers who approach and understand the wide range of pains of the modern world as profoundly, yet keeping a sober optimism about the future.
This is a fine example of their work, a short video essay on the dark side of meritocracy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTDGdKaMDhQ
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7IcJI8PUf5Z3zKxnZvTBog
Text essays: http://www.thebookoflife.org
Curation seems to be a thing of the current online zeitgeist. In this spirit, here I list 5 of my favorite online locations, 3 of which are relatively unknown.
News: BBC. Comprehensive, general, and free.
Social network: Twitter. It might not ‘get’ business as Facebook does, but it’s more conductive and nurturing to highbrow content.
How to live: The Book of Life and The School of Life. A great project by philosopher Alain de Botton.
The business of technology: Stratechery. A unique perspective on what makes the technology world move, by Ben Thompson.
History: Hardcore History. An incredibly engaging podcast by self-declared ‘amateur’ historian Dan Carlin.