Joe Rogan, true crime, and the 2nd podcasting revolution

In 2007 I subscribed to and became a regular listener of my first podcast, Mitch Joel’s Six Pixels of Separation. Since that time, I have listened to thousands of others, spanning a variety of industries and delivery formats (The Tim Ferris Show being one of my all-time favourites). I have discovered that what I personally love most about this medium is how digestible it is on the go (perfect for running or business travel) and how conducive it is to long-form unscripted interviews/conversations (to the point where I sometimes opt to drive instead of fly to see a client if it’s within a 4-hour drive). It’s the latter that fascinates me the most as it contrasts heavily with today’s quick consumption, heavily visual, transient TikTok/Insta culture.

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The murky waters of government employment and political neutrality

The Government of Canada has a generally well-written Values and Ethics Code, which public servants must abide by. With every passing year, a particular element of this Code has become increasingly challenging to explain with absolute clarity and even more challenging to enforce, save for the most obvious cases.  I’m referring specifically to:

  • Section 1 – Respect for democracy – Expected Behaviour 1.1 – Respecting the rule of law and carrying out their duties in accordance with legislation, policies and directives in a non-partisan and impartial manner.
  • Section 3 – Integrity – Expected Behaviour 3.1Acting at all times with integrity and in a manner that will bear the closest public scrutiny, an obligation that may not be fully satisfied by simply acting within the law.

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Misinformation vs. Disinformation vs. Mal-information

Quite a bit of my consulting work lately has focused on helping clients counter false information spreading online.  This sort of engagement can very quickly lead to rough and murky waters, especially if an organization does not arm itself with proper ongoing situational awareness tools in order to differentiate between the bad actors who are steering the narrative and the people unknowingly posting false information.

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