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Nicholas Young

Perspectives on family, disability, technology, and media.


Co-created in 2013 by Joshua Wentz and Nicholas Young, Dispatch touches almost every aspect of the modern artist’s career. Wentz, a label-owner and musician, brings a unique perspective from Chicago’s underground.

The Old is New Again

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Eventually, old technologies will be altered and presented as new work. It’s inevitable. But sometimes, these reintroduced platforms breathe new life into the mediums that birthed them. Today on Dispatch, a roundup of ideas that are arguably outdated, but might help us find new paths.

First, we dive into the legislation known as Chicago’s “cloud tax”, a new, nine-percent fee that aims to profit from Spotify, Netflix, and other digital, remote services.

Next up, North America is running out of IPv4 addresses. This has no bearing on you as the average internet consumer, but it does mark a moment that advanced technologists (and ISPs) should pay careful attention to.

Then, has Apple successfully reinvented radio with Beats 1?. Is it something truly new, or just a rebranding of existing radio formats?

And finally, a frank discussion of privacy in this digital age as Plex’s user forums are compromised: what constitutes online safety?