Ten websites to get you talking

Great websites deserve an award.
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Finding yourself out of touch with current affairs and popular culture trends when the next big thing is discussed at the dinner party? If you are short on time and need to stay on top of what is happening in the world, bookmark these websites for your go-to daily summary of global movements and zeitgeist. You will never be lost for dinner party words again.

The Huffington Post

Arianna Huffington's news and opinion site collects news items from various sources and covers all the current news and trending topics across politics, news, environment and lifestyle. The site has won a Pulitzer and various big-name writers, bloggers and thinkers have offered their bylines. 


All things social media, technology, mobile technology, entertainment and more. Started as a blog by Peter Cashmore in 2005, Mashable has become a one-stop website for those wanting to be a step ahead in the fast-changing world of social media. Covers big brand names to start-up companies and more.

So Bad So Good

Dubbed “the best and the worst of the web” the So Bad So Good site does the trawling for you. From mashups to memes, GIFs and never-before-seen images, stop here to impress your friends with your web knowledge.


You may know Tyler Brule as the founder of style shrine Wallpaper magazine. Not any more. Brule is the creative name behind Monocle, a global affairs print magazine and online source that expanded into a global radio program, retail outlets and now a café in London. Online content is only available to subscribers, so sign up now.


VICE is a magazine, record label, pub and entertainment venue and documentary production company. VICE's rebel spin on global issues is also documented on YouTube. The VICE documentary channel has almost 2.5 million subscribers and "specialises in exploring uncomfortable truths and going to places we don't belong". Guaranteed to get people talking.


The free Vivino app can recognise more than half a million different wines. How? Take a pic of the label on your smartphone camera and instantly find the information, heritage, vintner and more. Never look like a wine imbecile again.


Personal essays, political rants, original news investigations, and breaking news define Salon as one of the original defining news sites. Founded in 1995 by David Talbot, most writing focuses on American issues but global entertainment, women's issues and economics are also covered.


Sulia is the world's first subject-based social network that is an aggregate for all your favoured topics and interests. You can favour topics and people, and content is recommended or suggested to you based on your nominated topics. Follow those who post about your interests and be followed by others too.


Michael Wolff from Vanity Fair created Newser in 2007. The idea is simple and the tag line “read less know more” says it all. Whether you prefer hard or soft news, each item is summarised with links from a main page grid. Choose to read more or less.


Founded under Microsoft then purchased by The Washington Post Company, Slate is an argument-driven news site that covers news, politics, arts, sports and the like. Journalists also write longer feature pieces that are highly interactive with weeks and months spent in research and production.