Wednesday, April 17, 2024

BIG Mouth

European indifference is a beautiful thing

Six years ago, I lost my youngest boy, Julian, in Italy’s Lake Como. Don’t worry - I found him right away. After a few seconds of morbid panic, Julian bobbed to the surface, soaking wet, gasping for air, and gripping the cobblestone slope that had proved too slippery for his Velcro sneakers and sent him bumping into the water. While local vacationers looked on, sipping cappuccinos, and appearing to be bored to death by my nine-year-old’s near-drowning, I scurried my way down the cobblestones while silently...

Yes, you can be boastful AND intellectually humble

Some people scoff at the idea that intellectual humility is a cornerstone of the BIG Media Ltd. business model. They see me aggressively marketing BIG-Media.ca, making bold claims about the accuracy and integrity of a relatively new player in the news media game, and they wonder how such a serial self-promoter could possibly claim that his organization is practising intellectual humility. However, pride, promotion, and intellectual humility are not mutually exclusive. Wikipedia defines intellectual humility as "the...

An editorial team worth celebrating

In just 2.5 years, BIG Media Ltd. has established itself as a trusted leader in news coverage of the biggest issues. How did we do it? By recruiting an incredible team of bright minds who know how to educate with accuracy and integrity, and by adhering to editorial principles that minimize spin and maximize practical knowledge. We have not deviated from the mission statement that I wrote as we launched in February of 2021 – The Big Story. Keep in mind that...

Disastrous Online News Act could be a boon to your brain

It seems that a lot of people are worried that Canada's Online News Act (Bill C-18), which went into effect in June, will make it more difficult for Canadians to find out what is going on in the world. But the truth is, if Meta, Google, and other big players prevent you from reading content produced by Canadian news agencies, in almost all cases the tech firms will be doing you a huge favour. In recent years,...

The useful idiot – perhaps the most dangerous creature on Earth

Turning off the news is not the answer. Most of us by now are well aware that the mainstream media model is broken. A ubiquitous focus on maximizing audience size and revenue rather than audience intelligence has led to a dreadfully ill-informed, increasingly polarized populace and far too many disastrous government policies. We like to blame the politicians – and in many cases, we should – but often they are simply seeking to placate the misinformed masses. Most...

Yours truly … and journalistically

Some contemporaries contend that I am a cantankerous contrarian who likes to create controversy by criticizing the status quo. That sentiment is understandable when you look at some of my recent articles: • Really nice people are a really big problem • Top 5 Ways Mainstream Media Pull the Wool Over Our Eyes • April Fool's Day is officially no fun at all However, those who know me well know that I am an optimist who wants to get the...

Learning from pandemic policy missteps is critical

Some people in my network have suggested that our society has moved past the pandemic and that there is no reason to provide coverage such as the high-level data analysis provided by my business partner Laurie Weston in the recent article linked here (Detailed analysis of 2021 deaths data reveals disturbing trends). I could not disagree more. If we do not examine carefully the consequences of pandemic policies, we are doomed to make similar mistakes in...

Really nice people are a really big problem

Really nice people are at the heart of much of what is wrong with our world today. You know the type. You may even be the type – kind, trusting, avoiding conflict at almost any cost. These traits are generally admired in our culture, but this needs to stop. I contend that the future of our society depends on it. Really nice people must be prevented from making it really easy for really bad people to take over the...

The BIG story – truth and integrity are cornerstones of this media model

With artificial intelligence set to take already-problematic propaganda, misinformation, and censorship to entirely new levels, it is more important than ever that you find sources of information that are trustworthy and reliable. One of our members recently said that there is nothing more important than establishing a trustworthy platform at which news is accurate, speech is free, and discussion is constructive. I agree. And I use this space to share my story so that you can...

Generous subscriber inspires matchmaking service

I had a remarkable video call with one of my BIG Media subscribers the other day. He started by thanking me for doing what I do – providing a trustworthy, transparent, and accurate source of news on the big issues – which is always nice to hear. Then he said that we are not charging enough for our memberships. I said, "I want to avoid being elitist. Currently, even at just 2 or 3 U.S. bucks per week, we...