Why theme parks need to punch up their satire
September 24, 2017: Few forms of entertainment get people talking as much as satire does. But great satire isn't just making fun of people. You've got to know who and what make for appropriate targets.
Which do you hate more: your cable or health insurance company?
September 12, 2017: Let's at least start talking about national health care. Because Americans deserve better than to keep being ripped off by the health insurance industry.
Americans don't believe in science - and that's okay
September 5, 2017: Hurricane Harvey last week demonstrated not just the power of nature, but also the power of scientists to forecast it. So why don't more people trust scientists when it comes to other important issues?
Flipping is ruining everything
August 29, 2017: People who have money to gamble are making more and more by flipping, while those who do not work harder and harder only to fall further and further behind.
It's just dumb politics to unfriend a foe online
August 22, 2017: What do you want? A better Facebook feed... or a better world in which to live? Because if we want that better world, we are going to need every friend we can get.
Letter to a white nationalist
August 14, 2017: If working-class Americans finally are to get the jobs and pay that they deserve, we've got to stop fight each with other and start fighting for each other.
About Robert Niles
A one-time math geek who found his way into the news business, Robert has spent the last decade showing how it's still possible to bring together conservatives and liberals, evangelicals and atheists, and — even more astoundingly — Disney and Universal fans online.
The secret? Treat your readers with respect — give them what they need in exchange for their time and attention. Trolling for quick hits and stupid cash might make Wall Street happy, but that's no way to make a living if you're trying to live with yourself.
Robert's main gig these days is running Theme Park Insider, an online guide to the world's top theme parks that has been honored by the Webby Awards and the Online News Association. He also writes a weekly column on theme parks for the Orange County Register and Digital First Media, in addition to posting here at RobertNiles.com.
A Los Angeles native, Robert graduated from Northwestern University, then worked at Walt Disney World as a Pirate of the Caribbean and a Tom Sawyer Island raft driver before getting into the news business, working for the [Denver] Rocky Mountain News and the Los Angeles Times along the way.
To inquire about media and speaking availability, please email Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org.