Open Channel: What Do YOU Want Us to Recommend?

You, at us for the past few weeks (or maybe longer, honestly).
You, at us for the past few weeks (or maybe longer, honestly).
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Friends, as you’ve probably noticed at this point: The world has changed. As has io9, although we’re still here happily talking about breaking news, offering critical insight into the pop culture we love and loathe, and, of course, shitposting. But you’ve probably also noticed we’re doing something else, too, and we’d like your help on that front.


Ever since more and more people across the world have been caught up in social distancing and coronavirus lockdown orders that have seen them transition to spending a lot more time indoors and away from friends and family, at io9 we’ve started a new initiative we’ve been calling Watch It Nerds, inspired by our long history of weirdly specific recommendation listicles.

That said, we’re telling you to do much more than Watch It, whether that be the best spooks to get out of a free Shudder trial, or the best episodes of every Star Trek series (why, oh why, did I pitch that as a weekly feature?). We’re telling you to read it, to play it, to listen to it, to make it, hell, even to exercise during it. That last one’s just good advice in general for all of us, really!

But, there you are—we’re trying to help you find some things to do while all this is going on, and frankly, we’re trying to find things for us to do too, when we’re not writing all this. And so, we want to turn it over to you: We’re still coming up with plenty of ideas of our own, but we wanted to hear what you, our lovely readers, actually want, too. What do you want recommendations on where to get your next genre fix during the coronavirus pandemic? What itch do you want to curiously scratch? Maybe you took some of our previous advice and want to know where to go next, or maybe you’ve just finished a book or a show and want something completely different.

Help us to help you, while we all try to stay safe and sane in all this.

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James is a News Editor at io9, where you can find him delivering your morning spoilers, writing about superheroes, and having many feelings about Star Wars. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!



I can’t speak for others but generally I am not interested in old content. “Best 10 Must Watch Episodes Of This Decades Old Show”.

I am more interested in reviews and previews of new content. In fact, I’ve enjoyed a number of shows that I would never have been aware of —or had not really understood the nature of —had it not been for something on IO9.

Other might disagree. But if you don’t have new contend to review or preview then move on to some other topic.

There are new science discoveries every day, for instance.

Or board game coverage with themes that fit in with IO9. Your pals over in Kotaku dabble in board game coverage. Maybe talk scifi/fantasy themed board games.

Easier said than done. It’s certainly easy to come up with top ten opinion lists. But since you ask, that’s my particular answer. Other readers mileage may vary.