Deep Thinking on the Web

This morn­ing, a New York Times edi­to­r­i­al is help­ing get the word out. Deep think­ing is alive and well on the web:

There is a lot of talk about how the Inter­net is dri­ving cul­ture ever low­er, but it also makes a wealth of seri­ous think­ing avail­able. From the com­fort of home, one can down­load free audio books by authors like Jane Austen and Joseph Con­rad and free pod­casts of uni­ver­si­ty lec­tures ( has an assort­ment of both).

The rest of the piece right­ly focus­es on a BBC pod­cast called In Our Time (iTunesFeed — Web Site). It’s list­ed in our Ideas & Cul­ture Pod­cast Col­lec­tion, along with many oth­er thought­ful pro­grams that make mean­ing­ful sub­jects rel­e­vant to a broad­er, glob­al audi­ence. (For some­thing sim­i­lar in video, see our col­lec­tions of Intel­li­gent Video Sites and Smart YouTube Chan­nels.)

Yes, intel­li­gent media does­n’t dom­i­nate the web. But, it’s flour­ish­ing in the nich­es and crevices, and we want to bring it to the sur­face. Per­haps you’ll want to join us? If you’re inter­est­ed in con­tribut­ing to Open Cul­ture, we’re always look­ing for your sug­ges­tions. I have put togeth­er a page that out­lines our edi­to­r­i­al approach. Take a look, and if you find great pieces of intel­li­gent media while surf­ing the web, please send them our way. We thank you in advance.

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  • Lise says:

    Thanks to the NYT! This is refresh­ing­ly excit­ing!

  • Alex says:

    The NYT arti­cle brought my atten­tion to open­cul­ture and I was very hap­py to dis­cov­er such a rich resource. Thank you Dan.

  • Elaine Epstein says:

    Thank you for telling us about this great site.

  • Sylvain Boni says:

    What a great idea! I look for­ward to vis­it­ing your site often. And I promise to send along any mate­r­i­al that may be of inter­est to oth­ers who share my eth­i­cal and aes­thet­ic predilec­tions

  • Maria Popova says:

    I could­n’t agree more. In the end, it’s all about the options we have and the choic­es we make among them.

    A few months ago, I wrote an arti­cle for GOOD Mag­a­zine, argu­ing pre­cise­ly for those “deep­er” resources on the web as tools for lib­er­al­iz­ing “lib­er­al arts edu­ca­tion” and our intel­lec­tu­al devel­op­ment. It’s good to see more main­stream recog­ni­tion of this incred­i­ble wealth of human knowl­edge and wis­dom avail­able to us today.

  • Seth Harwood says:

    You rock, Open­Cul­ture!! Con­grats on the great place­ment and recog­ni­tion!

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