First off, they found great data that answers baseline questions of revenue and cost:
Author - DXO
This story in today’s NYT amounts to a vast set of research on how works: ISIS Women and Enforcers in Syria Recount Collaboration, Anguish and Escape. Here’s nuggets:
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:
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:
Those of us who live in Chicago, which is wholly nestled in the great county of Cook in the oblong state of Illinois, have an amazing person working for us. Here’s Paul Krugman, this morning, in the New York Times: