Friday, May 20, 2022

BIG Mouth

Top 10 topics we covered better than anyone

Yeah, you are right – that's a pretty cocky headline. But, ironically, the reason I can say such a thing is because we at BIG Media practise intellectual humility. We listen more closely to our critics than our fans. And we employ the scientific method in our work, constantly trying to prove ourselves wrong as we assemble our content. If you can find another media outlet that covered any of these topics more accurately and with more...

Top 5 expressions that really need to die

I have noticed that a lot of people are still using expressions related to the current health crisis that are, like, so 2021. So I present to you today the TOP 5 PHRASES THAT SHOULD BE ELIMINATED FROM THE COMMON VERNACULAR: 5. "I am doing this not for me but for you."  –  BS! Unless your name is Mother Teresa or Gandhi, please stop pretending to be a superhero selflessly looking out for the rest...

Crisis leadership – transparent decision making and building trust

Being trustworthy is one of the key indicators of leadership success and a fundamental element of successful relationships between leaders and followers. When leaders are considered trustworthy, they unlock co-operation and increase openness and mutual acceptance with those they wish to lead. In assessing government leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems trust levels have dropped. Two polls conducted in May of 2021 in the U.S.and Canadaindicated that faith in government is deteriorating. The U.S....

Truth be told – BIG Media marks first birthday

One year ago today, we went live with what we intended to be a very trustworthy source of news as well as a site at which members could engage in constructive, respectful discussion. It has been no walk in the park, but I believe we have accomplished those objectives. I will start with my most sincere THANK YOU: to my brilliant business partner Laurie Weston, who added an important level of intelligence to my idealistic ambition...

The truth is out there – and this is how we do it

As I constructed the business plan for a truth/respect-focused platform, I had countless people tell me that it is impossible for a media company to be objective in its reporting. I beg to differ. While it is impossible to completely eliminate bias, our business model uniquely positions BIG Media (yes, there is irony in the company name) to present spin-free, factual information on the big issues. With that in mind, I present ... The Top 11 Ways...

Combatting climate alarmism with important facts and context

It's not easy having a conversation with someone who has bought into climate alarmism hook, line, and sinker. With mainstream media and politicians doing such a good job of fear mongering and virtue signalling, I can't blame them for believing that we are on the brink of environmental catastrophe. But it is essential that the well-informed among us speak up against the misinformation that causes so much harm on so many levels. BIG Media contributors/scientists Laurie Weston...

Are you prepared for major downtime? And I am not talking about a vacation

There has never been a more important time for business operators to ensure that their mission-critical data is backed up in a very secure place. You might want to consider emergency planning measures while you are at it. In the simplest terms, the Russian government is not thrilled with the idea that the federal governments of the United States and Canada are throwing major support behind Ukraine as Russian troops gather in large numbers along...

BIG growth does not come without challenges

As we approach one full year (Feb. 8) of providing a uniquely fact-focused brand of journalism, BIG Media is seeing record growth in membership. Netflix is not looking over its shoulder for us yet, but the steady increase in business tells me that I was correct in my suspicion that a high-integrity media platform focused on empowering readers with knowledge – and devoid of sensationalism – could actually be successful. As I look back at hundreds...

News flash – rational people speak freely, no police called

I just had the most incredible experience. Sipping on a tea in front of my laptop at a crowded Vancouver coffee shop, two gentlemen started talking about the hypocrisy of a society that sits around getting increasingly unfit while waiting for the next needle ... which does not seem to be very effective. As a woman approached the two men, I thought, "Uh oh, here comes a lecture from a virtuous follower of mainstream media and...

Top 5 Reasons to Eliminate Vaccine Mandates

Any perceived statistical justification has been kicked to the curb by Omicron. The latest data out of Ontario indicates that people who are fully vaccinated are much more likely to become infected with COVID than those unvaccinated. You may want to read that twice, then verify – Omicron update: vaccine effectiveness against ICU admission holds at 80%  The vaccines' effectiveness against hospitalization has dropped significantly to 40%. Omicron update: vaccine effectiveness against hospitalization drops...