Wednesday, October 27, 2021

BIG Mouth

Is online news actually free?

A highly educated gentleman told me recently that he would never become a member of our new media company because "reading news on the Internet is free." Do you believe that reading information on media sites that do not charge for access is free? In my opinion, such sites come with great cost. First, there is the cost of contending with advertising popping up all over your screen. Some folks do not mind having their reading experience...

Top 6 ways BIG Media sticks to the truth

When I informed associates that I was launching a media company that would provide a trustworthy source of spin-free coverage of the most important matters, their inspiring responses included: “That is impossible!” “Everyone sells out.” And the classic, “Good luck with that!” A prospective shareholder asked, “How do you propose to avoid giving in to the pressure that seems to doom all others to agenda-driven coverage?” My answer is laid out in the ... Top 6...

Wildlife conservation – a big and often misunderstood game

Big-game hunting elicits high emotions around the world, but it plays an important role in the conservation of nature and wildlife in Africa, as well as in local economies. Before taking a public stand or making rash policy decisions, it is worth considering the facts. Trophy hunting is the highly visible and highly controversial apex of a complex wildlife, tourism and conservation industry in countries including South Africa. It is an easy target for animal-rights activists,...

Social media debate top 7

It is difficult to spend more than two minutes on social media without coming across people engaging in arguments that are unproductive and mean spirited.  I have always enjoyed a respectful debate and today offer my ... Top 7 Ways to Win a Debate on Social Media Do your research before engaging. Having relevant facts supported by data in your back pocket almost guarantees a good result. Be selective. Engaging in a battle of...

Middle Ground

I would like to issue an all-points bulletin on a stolen property. It’s a cherished piece of real estate that millions used to visit regularly with friends and associates. Sadly, it was stolen in broad daylight. The property is affectionately known as Middle Ground. Middle Ground was last noticed at a gathering last summer at which I heard someone say, “That’s a good point; I disagree with you, but I imagine the truth lies somewhere between our...

KBVA volleyball equality

I hope to one day help produce a reality TV show based on a group to which I am very fortunate to belong. A lot of folks could learn from this club. The members of Kits Beach Volleyball Association in Vancouver have become my best friends and, in many ways, my family. The KBVA is a collection of athletes of all colours and socioeconomic status.  We all show up for tournaments in board shorts. No one knows...

Intellectual humility

Intellectual humility – what a fabulous concept! In the last few months, I have been increasingly open with opinions on matters that I believe to be important. I have always loved a good debate and contend that spirited discussion with someone holding opposing views presents an excellent opportunity for intellectual growth. My tone might come off as self-righteous at times, but I have made enough mistakes (do you think that I intended to have 7 children?!)...