In a world of constant and unrelenting media bombardment, our brains have to become really adept at prioritising, ranking, and recognising the most important messaging…

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I love the World Cup. Since 1990, my brother and I have supported Argentina in the World Cup. It might have something to do with Maradona and his glory days, but for whatever reason that’s my team. That has never been a problem. People can support any team they like, right? There are guys in Lenasia who have nothing to do with England, Manchester or the colour red who are such passionate Manchester United supporters that they become annoyed when someone questions them about it….

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The social media world is fast, complex and unforgiving. Many brands find themselves targeted, maligned and sometimes unwittingly embroiled in controversies which seem, at the time, damaging and unfair – and which can have dire consequences…

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South Africa is starting to catch up. I read just yesterday that Jacaranda FM (and their parent company, Kagiso Media) have launched a podcast resource called Jacpod, and Primedia recently announced a collaboration with Triton Media, showing that the two biggest independent media companies see the rise of podcasting as an inevitable and exciting development in audio media. Having been at it for four years, we welcome them to the wonderful world of podcasts.

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Imagine it’s 1984. You’re the President of Capitol Records and you’re marshalling some of the world’s greatest musical talent – people like David Bowie, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Paul McCartney, Neil Diamond around, making more money than Croesus and living large – limos, private jets, sex, drugs and rock ’n roll…

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Social justice, for most people, is about equality, freedom, opportunity and fairness. That’s what they tell you, anyway. Most of us wouldn’t object to those things, except that equality usually means equal misery; freedom means mine not yours; opportunity means mine at your expense and fairness is so subjective that it’s personal…

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I interviewed Dr Jordan B. Peterson last week. He’s a former professor at Harvard and professor of evolutionary psychology at Toronto University…

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Ten years ago, if you told someone you were listening to a podcast, they would have asked what a podcast was. For the ten years that followed, podcasts became the dirty little secret people in-the-know shared with each other…

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Brands are always looking for ways to make a splash, stay relevant and influence the market. That’s how they sell more stuff. Sometimes they get it right and sometimes they screw up, badly. Most brands just try to toe the line, create inoffensive marketing and work with middle-of-the-road influencers in order to avoid standing for anything that might be unpopular on social media…

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Malusi Gigaba wore a nice suit and pretended to be a finance minister again this week. Some analysts told us before the budget that we were about to see VAT go up by 2-4%, that income taxes would be raised again…

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