I’m bored with reality TV, I don’t watch soap operas and I don’t like sport, so where do people like me go to learn things, to hear informed opinion and to participate in meaningful conversations – about politics, religion, relationships, history, life and science? The truth is that there’s plenty – and it’s all on the Internet…

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A few years ago I had an “Aha!” moment when someone asked me if I’d like to be powerful or influential. Power is the overt and direct ability to control, like creating laws, directing an army or establishing authority. Influence is much more subtle. It is the ability to persuade, manifest and effect change. While the former comes with outward displays of might and agency, the latter is understated, and in point of fact, just as effective…

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Another exciting week in South Africa, right? I know what you’re thinking and you’re wrong. We’re not the most messed up country on earth. Sure, we’re up there with the basket-cases, but we’re nowhere near as bad as Syria, North Korea, Afghanistan or even Kenya (and who thought Kenya would go backwards?). I’m not trying to compare us with the obviously bad only – Trump’s America is hardly serene and secure…

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Hearing is simply the act of perceiving sound by the ear. If you are not hearing-impaired, hearing simply happens. Listening, however, is something you consciously choose to do. Of all the senses, this makes the auditory one special…

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Someone once said to me sarcastically that “anyone and their dog could start a podcast”. I thought that was a good observation, even if it came from an idiot. Just about everyone, including big brands, are doing their own podcasts now – and instead of making fun of them, I would suggest you jump on the bandwagon. Hell, even Alanis Morissette started her own podcast a few weeks ago…

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The open, exciting world the Internet presents to us can be frightening, but like capitalism and democracy, it seems the best of the bad options, and the only one which can improve and evolve itself over time.

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That’s a question I get asked all the time, and one I love to answer. The fact is that we know, we actually know exactly how many people listen, and we know lots more about them too. I never used to be able to answer that question when I was on radio. People dipped in and out, they listened to other stations, we never knew exactly what the numbers were…

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The business gurus say it takes three years for a business to prove it has what it takes. Three years isn’t that long, but it can feel like forever when you’re impatient, as I am. CliffCentral turned three on May 1st and so much has happened that it’s hard to measure exactly how successful we’ve been…

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I feel sorry for real journalists who are trying to report the facts, and for columnists and analysts who are trying to make an interesting point, because increasingly, they’re being drowned out by bullshit. It doesn’t help when actual publications put turds in their own drinking water, as happened last weekend with the Huffington Post

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For the last 100-500 years (depending on what part of the world you’re from), reading and writing have been upheld as the best means of communicating great ideas, confirming important agreements, recording our stories and sharing information with wide audiences. Before that, for tens of thousands of years, we listened and talked to each other…

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