Devil’s Advocate (Part 2): Exodus ~ FWIW Episode 30

September 20, 2018

The second installment of my exploration of The Bible through conversation with my Christian friend Hendrik. For a full introduction to the series, please listen to the intro of Part 1, FWIW episode 27. In this episode we tackle the second book of the Old Testament, Exodus. As before, the starting point for our various discussion points are my questions and struggles with the text which Hendrik addresses from his Christian perspective. Specific to Exodus, we delve into topics such as God as all of existence, evil as part of that existence, God’s role in the suffering of the Jews in Egypt, and more.

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Recorded on August 29th, 2018

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Q ~ FWIW Episode 29

September 14, 2018

In late October 2017, a user posted on 4chan, an anonymous forum, or image board. Under the title “The Calm Before the Storm,”. The poster claimed to have a high-level government security clearance — Q clearance to be exact. He…or she said they had been instructed to post intelligence leaks straight to 4chan “in order to covertly inform the public about President Trump’s master plan to stage a countercoup against members of the deep state”. In the months that followed, more and more people began paying attention to subsequent Q posts and a community formed, complete with its own terminology, inside jokes, and theories. Then, in the summer of 2018, Q supporters began to draw attention to themselves at Trump rallies, holding signs and openly speaking to reporters about the movement. Today, the community and theory lives on among others on the fringes of the internet, but also in plain sight on more “common” sites like Facebook, and now also in mainstream media. Joining me on this episode is Anon, a follower of the movement to talk about its intricacies as well as the internet sub culture of message boards.

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Some definitions and further reading:

Fredrick "Hotwheels" Brennan, founder of 8chan: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fredrick_Brennan

8chan /pol forum: https://8ch.net/pol/index.html

"Weaponized Autism" Definition: https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/weaponized-autism

LARP: Live Action Role Play

POTUS: President of the United States

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Recorded on August 14th, 2018

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Donald Trump, Marketer ~ FWIW Episode 28

December 30, 2017

Love him or hate him, Donald Trump succeeded in his goal of becoming president of the United States and he did it in a way that was unlike anything we’ve seen before. His style and the way he marketed himself was unorthodox and he demonstrated new ways of using digital media which allowed him to spend much less money than his rival. So what can marketers learn from him? What should they emulate and what should they avoid? Has he fulfilled his brand promise? Has he kept control of his brand and what can businesses take away from some of his missteps? To discuss all this I was joined by Jeremy Ryan Slate, CEO, and Co-Founder of Command Your Brand Media and host of a podcast titled ‘Create Your Own Life’.

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Jeremy's website and podcast: www.jeremyryanslate.com

Jeremy's twitter: @jeremyryanslate

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Recorded on December 13th, 2017

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Devil’s Advocate (Part 1): Genesis ~ FWIW Episode 27

December 16, 2017

Genesis, the first book of the Bible, presents us with some very challenging teachings and accounts. What are we to make of them? Do we interpret the writings literally? What should we make of the sexual acts found in its pages that we would now consider immoral, such as incest and rape, in the context of modern Christian morality? Why does it seem like God gives Man free will, but later is shown to be orchestrating events? To discuss and try to make sense of all of this and more, I’m joined by my friend Hendrik, a non-denominational Christian for whom the Bible is at the core of faith in God and Jesus Christ and has played an important part of his life since his ‘conversion’ to Christianity in adulthood.

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Recorded on November 30th, 2017

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The Money Fight Preview ~ FWIW Episode 26

August 14, 2017

I’ve experienced the build ups to several high profile boxing matches including the 2015 clash between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio. However, I’ve never seen anything like the anticipation for Mayweather’s next fight which will take place on August 26th, 2017 against mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor. The fight will be a boxing match under boxing rules with Floyd as the favourite, none of which has not stopped McGregor from promising a knock out and bets on him winning the fight flooding Vegas. In this episode I chat with 2 friends, Kevin and Amine, to get their views on the fight as well as chew the fat over the various aspects of the build-up and possible outcomes. The personalities and achievements of the two fighters, the cross-over nature of the fight, as well as the current efforts under way to promote it are all potent ingredients in what may be the sporting event of this generation.

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Recorded on August 9th, 2017

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Huge Sleeping Giant ~ FWIW Episode 25

June 15, 2017

Soccer in North America is starting to pick up in popularity driven by things like the accessibility of digital media and a 20 year old professional league, the MLS. So how did we get to where we are today and how healthy is the state of the game at present? On this episode I was joined by Rudi Schuller, editor at Sporting News and Goal.com as well as co-host of SiriusXM’s Canada FC to talk footie. We covered everything from the role of the MLS in the North American sports market, the various other soccer leagues that operate on the continent, compared the state of the game in the U.S. to that in Canada, supporter culture, and more. If you stick around you’ll even find out who Rudi predicts will win the MLS Cup this year. If you like the cut of his jib, check him out on Twitter @RudiSchuller.

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Recorded on March 17th, 2017

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The Game ~ FWIW Episode 24

May 30, 2017

Whether it’s a spouse you seek or a vampire-themed 3-some one night stand, there’s an app for that! To discuss the online dating scene I'm joined by two friends who are/recently were players in the game. Randy, a self-described ‘serial dater’ who has recently taken himself out of the scene because the search has borne fruit…and Alice (not her real name), who asked to remain anonymous on account of many of the rather poor experiences she had to endure while dating online. Together, they take me through their stories, lessons learned, the questionable comments and behaviours of some of the guys out there, paid vs free services, and more. 

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Recorded on March 16th, 2017

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The Future is Now ~ FWIW Episode 23

March 29, 2017

Technology is changing the way brands market to us, how companies hire, how our data is captured, and what we think about privacy. On this episode I’m joined by the dynamic account team duo at Toronto agency ZenithOptimedia Group, Ryan Covel and Ryan Woodrow. The guys take me through how Ryan C got noticed by using social media ads to promote himself, as well as their takes on privacy as a currency online, the future of voice search, the internet of things, integration of digital marketing into traditionally offline spaces like billboards, online influencers, changing streaming business model for live sports, and of course the hottest marketing topic: content.

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Recorded on March 8th, 2017

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On Being a Single Mom ~ FWIW Episode 22

March 26, 2017

When we’re young, we often imagine what our lives will look like when we’re older…I’m sure few of us picture the challenges that life has a funny way of throwing at us. A common wrinkle in people’s plans is that of becoming a single parent. Raising children is hard enough with someone else, let alone by yourself…so what is it like? What are the challenges, but more importantly, the lessons, if you should find yourself in this situation? And what about advice for young people, especially girls, to try and avoid the predicament in the first place? To discuss all this and more, I had the pleasure of hosting my long time friend, Natalia on the podcast. Our conversation touched on her own journey as a single mother and much more. 

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Recorded on February 9th, 2017

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The Alt-Right Is Real ~ FWIW Episode 21

March 4, 2017

When the opportunity came up to have the discussion you’re about to hear about the Alt Right, I was excited because I anticipated my ideas about the movement to be confirmed – that it was more of a media invention to fit a narrative, and that a clear definition was elusive. I got something completely different, most importantly from Richard, a self-described member of the movement from North Dakota, and Mel, a Canadian ‘ally’, as she put it. Not only was a definition put forward comfortably, but Richard and Mel presented arguments which focused on culture, often the West vs Islam. Daniel, a Canadian, made his return to the podcast as an observer of the movement, given his general interest in politics. Throughout the conversation you’ll hear me trying to return to my starting point of seeing the movement as an invention, while the people who actually consider themselves part of it, correct me and explain how real it is.

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Recorded on February 3rd, 2017

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