The following are links to some useful websites and software with a brief description of what they’re good for.
For news reporting that goes deeper than mainstream narratives and is generally counter to them (in other words, ‘dissonant’ articles).
Social & Cultural Analysis
Cutting Through The Matrix with Alan Watt
An esoterically alternative (i.e. dissonant) perspective on the world by the late Alan Watt. Features quality references to articles, books, and films, which are plentiful throughout his back-catalogue of audio talks (and their transcripts), including blurbs, talks, lectures, interviews and series.
eBooks & Articles
An archive of older books in the public domain, as well as some articles, audios and videos.
Many ebooks, including relatively new ones, as wells as all sorts of articles and documents.
Hosts many articles of the type referenced in scholarly books and journals.
A huge catalogue of digitized books in the public domain (basically, all of the classics).
For an introduction to a subject with copious referencing.
For documentaries, TV shows, and movies (generally older ones); for videos created specifically for the platform (including ‘How to’ videos); and for audio talks.
For when a particular video can’t be found on YouTube, try the following alternatives:
For a comprehensive listing of podcast shows and episodes, available to stream or download.
Film & TV
Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
For looking up movies, either for information on a seen movie or to assess whether an unseen movie is worth watching (including TV series and documentaries).
For a quick consensus and critical verdicts on movies and TV series.
For the insightful analysis of movies (as well as television and various other mediums), despite that it’s primarily designed as entertaining trivia (written with great humour and wit including clever names for the tropes).
Honest Trailers (Screen Junkies, YouTube)
Blends humour and insightfulness (similar TV Tropes) into parodic movie trailers. In the process of mocking films, the trailers essentially reveal the underlying structure of themes (and techniques) within each film; but also within genres, an actor’s career, a director’s career, and more. In addition, they have ‘Commentary’ videos on many of the trailers, where the writers discuss the process of studying and deconstructing that particular film.
A good complement to Honest Trailers, humorously exposing the script writing flaws and ploys of movies and TV series.
Collative Learning (YouTube)
Deep film analysis, often with unusual and interesting perspectives, by filmmaker and psychologist Rob Ager.
Kermode and Mayo’s Take (YouTube)
For expert commercial reviews of the latest movies.
Smartphone Apps & PC Software
Simple Audiobook Player Free (Google Play)
For listening to audiobooks and downloaded podcasts.
Castbox Podcast Player & Podcast App (Google Play)
For listening to podcasts
For getting the name and artist of a song you’re hearing.
VLC media player (Google Play)
For watching movie and video files.
IMDb (Google Play)
The mobile version of the Internet Movie Database..
AVC Any Video Converter Freeware
For downloading audio and video from YouTube and other video sharing platforms.
Small program for easily creating customizable and efficient backup routines for your computer files.
A dictionary search that enables you to easily compare definitions between different dictionaries.
Checks your spelling and grammar, reporting and explaining errors and suggesting corrections.
A thesaurus for rhyming words.