Are you big fans of Tumblr? Here at MakeUseOf, we certainly are. The blogging platform brings together the idea of blogging together with social networking and has become home to some of the most creative, entertaining, humourous and thoughtful posts we’ve ever come across. With an easy-to-use backend that lends itself to both creating new content and sharing content that you like, it is home to some of the most viral content on the Web.
You might not often think of Tumblr as a platform for political and news-oriented content, known better for photography and art, but there’s a few Tumblr political blogs that will definitely scratch your political itch. With keeping up with current news, quotes from political leaders, photos, videos, and much more, there’s a ton of interesting and entertaining news you can find housed on Tumblr.
Officials Say the Darndest Things, a tumblr blog run by investigative journalism organization ProPublica, is a fascinating look into the world of US politics in the most humorous of ways. The political blog is a hilarious and thought-provoking collection of quotes, tweets and more from US politicians, leaders and trailblazers.
The site is definitely going to appeal to the follower of US politics, as a lot of the quotes and topics might fly right over the head of people who aren’t following US political news on a regular basis.
With Politico’s tagline, ‘Nobody knows politics like Politico’, it would be remiss of us not to include their Tumblr blog on a list of must-reads for politics. With a combination of photos, tweets, quotes, news stories, links and more, it’s a great way to get bite-sized information on the latest in news, again with a focus on US politics, along with the occasional post with an international bent, particularly when it’s a significant story.
You’ll also get an interesting combination of light-hearted and political content in Politico’s sidebar of ‘Things Politico likes.’
Want something with a bit more of an international focus? Check out the Peace Corps Tumblr blog. This political blog features photos taken by Peace Corps volunteers around the world – everywhere from Guatemala to Morocco to Thailand – along with the personal stories and experiences that go with those photos. The blog gives readers a great way to see what’s happening in all the corners of the world – not only from a news standpoint – but from a personal standpoint.
Another must-follow for anyone who wants a more entertaining take on the 9 pm news and the world of politics is the Daily Show’s official Tumblr blog. Jon Stewart’s satirical TV show brings all of its brilliant, sarcastic humour to Tumblr with meme-like photos, linking to the relevant videos on Comedy Central.
If you don’t follow Jon Stewart’s show on a regular basis, this is a great way to see, at a glance, what you’ve missed, and which videos you might want to watch.
Political Cartoons is exactly what it says on the label. The Tumblr blog is admittedly ‘American-centric’ with a focus on liberal politics, so it might not suit all tastes out there. That said, it features an impressive collection of cartoons with everything you can imagine from gun control, to gay marriage, with a little bit of international affairs thrown in for good measure.
Another must-read for Tumblr fans interested in foreign policy issues is Foreign Affairs. A publication of the Council of Foreign Relations, the blog highlights the latest reads available on the Foreign Affairs magazine website. The Tumblr blog gives readers an interesting way to keep up with the magazine’s latest posts through a slightly more curated platform, which is particularly useful for those of you who don’t want to sift through all of Foreign Affairs’ articles.
In their own words, the Political Notebook is “a mix of Internet curation and global news commentary. It covers international issues, with particular attention to South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.” The blog is an impressive collection of news links, videos and more. Not only does the blog curate recommended reads on wide variety of international news stories, it also features a weekly roundup of stories from around the web on security and military affairs.
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