Why “Chicagoland”

WBEZ’s Curious City looks into “Chicagoland,” the term, its origins, purpose, and definition—its boundaries. Chicago Tribune publisher Robert R. “Colonel” McCormick commissioned James O’Donnell Bennett to write a series of Chicago region travel articles. That’s how the word made its first appearance nearly 100 years ago in the July 27, 1926 edition of the Chicago Tribune. … Read more

The ‘Enshittification’ of TikTok

The ‘Enshittification’ of TikTok A lot of good observations, context, connection-making, and generally clear thinking in this piece about social media and platforms in general and how they inevitably (?) destroy themselves through their “business models.” Or rather, perhaps, how “montetization” destroys digital “products” built around or for online coomunities. This is enshittification: Surpluses are … Read more