Killed my cable TV three years ago, and a home without technicolor
shouty advertising is indeed a happier one. Media diet consists of
news, politics, music and tech blogs, funny podcasts, netflixOD,
xbox/iphone/ipad games, live gigs, BBC anything, stand-up comedy,
graphic art and novels, a whole mess of tumblrs and worthwhile
sub-reddits, street art, and well-curated erotica.
Personal heroes: Bill Hicks. Jimi Hendrix. Stephen Colbert. James
Bond. James Brown. Etta James. Run DMC. Dante. David Lynch. David
Byrne. Grandmaster Flash. Elizabeth Warren. Malcolm Tucker. Walter
Benjamin. DJ Danger Mouse. Antoni Gaudí. Sam Cooke. Nabokov.
Kubrick. Omar Little. Will Ferrel. The Dude. Maurice Sendak. The
Architect in The Matrix. Tina Turner. Withnail. The Young Ones.
Snoop. Steinbeck. Cornelius Castoriadis. The inventors of Guitar
Hero. Han Solo/Indy era Harrison Ford. Titus Pullo. Freddy Mercury.
Tarantino. Alan Moore. Debbie Harry. Jarvis Cocker. Ripley from
Alien. Karl Marx. Monty Python. Bowie. Armando Iannucci. The
Beastie Boys. David Hockney. Al Swearengen. Dr Suess. Camus. Maria
Bamford. Chris Morris. Yoda. James Ellroy. Dan Savage. Whoever came
up with Angry Birds. John Carpenter. Grant Morrison. Banksy. Chuck
D. My Mum. My Gran.
My iTunes tells me that so far in 2013 I've favoured RATM, the
Stepkids, Muse, The Heavy, SOAD, Public Enemy, WeFunk Radio,
Beethoven, Queen, Lamb of God, Gil and Veloso, Brian Eno, Cypress
Hill, Arctic Monkeys, Brad Sucks, AC/DC, Vivaldi, The Hives, Pulp,
Wu-Tang, Franz Ferdinand, and McLusky/Future of the Left. Probably
not in that order.