The Chicago Sun-Times, Today, Right Now, is a Great Newspaper, So Stop Whining About It

There’s a slow-moving, but consistently rolling, train of thought that says that the Chicago Sun-Times is dying/ is poorly run/ etc. There was a post to this effect last week, but we’ve all heard these things for years now. Expressing dismay about the Chicago Sun-Times is something of fun sport for the portion of the journalism crowd that loves to cluck.

I love journalism and journalists and real newspapers. I so much appreciate the work of people who put facts together and then hit me with them.

And I love the Chicago Sun-Times. And I share the dismay about link farms and thinned pages. But I want to point out some Sunday morning facts on the ground to the hand-wringers:

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15 Years of Sobriety— All Hail Alcoholics Anonymous

Today marks 15 years of sobriety for me. I am not the most devout member of Alcoholics Anonymous, but I do try to practice these principles in all my affairs.

The “Big Book“, which is actually titled, “Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Recovered from Alcoholism” is one of the most influential texts of the 20th century and was created and edited by a process we now know as “crowdsourcing”.

The 12 steps of AA are radical and simple. The meetings themselves are an odd and wonderful combination of rote conformance (the recitation of the steps, the format of the talks) and completely unpredictable local variation. The result is we can walk into a room, anywhere in the world, and have an immediate fellowship and sense of purpose with others. This centralization of mission and decentralization of operations is the basis for myriad movements.

Here’s what works for me:

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