What is Big Think?  

We are Big Idea Hunters…

We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

Big Think Features:

12,000+ Expert Videos


Browse videos featuring experts across a wide range of disciplines, from personal health to business leadership to neuroscience.

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers


Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge


Big Think’s Edge learning platform for career mentorship and professional development provides engaging and actionable courses delivered by the people who are shaping our future.

Find out more
With rendition switcher


Question: What do you say to people like Sharon Waxman who call Newser a parasite? 

Michael Wolff: Well I say, and I think I did say it, that that's ridiculous. She’s a parasite. She's first a monumentally moronic woman who got fired from The New York Times, who went into her business having written about someone in the New York Times who then invested in her company. This woman is beyond the pale and I assume she's just saying this kind of think about me because she knows I will rise to the occasion and she will get more publicity. So I don't think that I have to be the... this is a de-facto case of the parasite calling the parasite or black or whatever the metaphor would be. Anyway, I think she has a ridiculous site, which contributes nothing and serves no function and she will shortly go out of business. 

Question: What is Newser’s ultimate function? 

Michael Wolff: The ultimate function is to give you the news in a more efficient and more entertaining way than you get it now. So, we certainly would argue it offers real and certain value. 

Question: Why would someone choose Newser over the Daily Beast? 

Michael Wolff: The Daily Beast is very good, but I don't think you're going to your news, a comprehensive picture of the news in a very quick and entertaining way. You're going to the Daily Beast to read its articles, many of which are good, many of which are way too long and the Daily Beast is a source of commentary and good and less-good writing. Newser is the news, quick and fun. 

Question: If you couldn’t be a writer or Internet entrepreneur, what would you be? 

Michael Wolff: I guess I would be on television, I don't know. I would be the President of the United States. 

Recorded on May 19, 2010
Interviewed by Jessica Liebman

Michael Wolff for President?

Newsletter: Share: