A pretty accurate snapshot of part of my almost-daily media consumption is a scan of my google reader feeds. I don’t read ALL of them, obviously – life and time do go one outside of web news clips – but I do scan most of them on most days.
On weekends, I often don’t get to them and on Monday I sometimes have a horrific number of items in the mid-high hundreds that have been unread. My solution now? MARK ALL AS READ. No use mourning news 3 days old in a world where there are 1000’s of fresh items that are there TODAY. If they are really important, the stories will be repeated.