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and digital-age CHICAGo can make itself safe 

digital-age chicago can make itself safe
using its digital-age resources to 
address its digital-age violence
 

  • "By its nature"? Yes!  The roots of Chicago's gang/drug/gun/youth violence are in the worldwide, media-fueled generation-gap years of the 1960's.

    • These were the years when Chicago first felt the explosive rise of its heavily armed, drug-dealing, youth-rebelling and youth-victimizing street gangs.  ​

  • Chicago can dissolve its violence using non-violent resources to make Chicago SAFE (namely, its public health and public communication resources).

  • Chicago can create a Chicago SAFE public safety strategy that deploys the public and commercial media of its digital-age public communications system in ways a) are profitable to host media and b) that inform, inspire and mobilize Chicagoans and City Hall to realize the universally desired goal of making Chicago SAFE for all residents.

It never had to be like this. And it doesn't have to. Chicago can make itself safe. And will make itself when it wants to.  America's industrial-age I WILL CITY will use the interactive resources of the public and commercial media that compridse its digital-age public communication system to inform, inspire and mobilize all Chicagoans to make Chicago SAFE as America's first digital-age WE WILL CITY.

It will make itself "the safest big city in America," as Mayor Lightfoot was saying in late 2019, before Covid and George Floyd.

digital-age safety feasibility

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HOW CHICAGO CAN MAKE ITSELF SAFE
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IN A WORD: WHEN COMES TO SAFETY
CHICAGO NEEDS TO ENTER THE DIGITAL AGE


think A SAFE CHICAGO is impossible?
a CITY where you can go
anywhere without fearing for you life?

Chicago NEEDS TO FREE ITSELF FROM 
THAT DESTRUCTIVE MINDSET

CHICAGO will make itself safe when it
wants to make itself safe. 

[ SIMPLE AS THAT ]

How so? WHEN IT USES ITS digital age SAFETY
RESOURCES TO DO SO,
America's

industrial-age
I Will City
will make itself safe as a
digital-age

We Will City

1safe digital age cities use digital-age communication technologies so they can function as large communities where citizens and leaders are responsive and accountable to each other to maintain citywide safety. 

1. ACCEPT THAT Violence reduction IS THE WRONG WAY TO ADDRESS VIOLENCE IN A DIGITAL-AGE  

1. commit to realizing the universaLLY DESIRED GOAL of CITYWIDE SAFETY.

2. make effective use of all four of their public safety resources 

In a digital-age citywide safety is a citywide undertaking involving the integration and deployment a city's four safety resources: public safety (traditionally, city police), public health (medical, sociological professionals), public communications (public, community and commercial media) and the public itself (city leaders and residents).

The myth of the unsolvability of violence holds Chicago in its grip. No one questions it. It's reinforced day in and day out in Chicago's news media, especially the local TV stations to which Chicagoans turn for their daily news, sports and weather. The stock in trade of stations is if-it-bleeds-it-leads crime-stories and soundbites of violence- related feuds at City Hall. To all this add the periodic blizzards of mind-numbing election-time TV attack ads where mayoral candidates make overblown promises of safety or attack their opponents' failure to reduce it. Granted, stations do promote local anti-violence programs and the safety-focused efforts of individual Chicagoans. But next to nothing positive from Chicago's leaders because there's almost never anything positive to report. 

  

3. chicago's core safety resource - the people of chicago - is overlooked by chicago's leaders and chicago's media

​Chicagoans may be inured to violence but that doesn't mean they don't yearn for safety, many of them desperately so. the experiences, insights, skills, talents, wisdom and boundless energies that Chicago needs in order to address violence effectively. Yet once media give it expression in ways that enable Chicagoans and their leaders to listen to and learn from each other in a citywide drive to make itself SAFE for all residents - perhaps the safest big city in America, as Mayor Lightfoot was saying in 2019 - this yearning for a  universally desired goal will be respected and cherished as Chicago's most powerful public safety resource. It will fuels the media-based engine that makes and keeps Chicago SAFE. 

4. tapping the MARKET OF THE WHOLE of all chicagoans who yearn for safety.

 MEMO TO CHICAGO'S MEDIA: 

The market of Chicago's 2.7 million residents who yearn for safety is the largest of all large Chicago markets, larger even than the markets for Chicago's beloved pro sports teams.  To this add some seven million collar-county residents who yearn for safety and you have a MARKET OF THE WHOLE of some nine million Chicagoans and Chicagolanders with a stake in safe neighborhoods, safe city and a safe region. This market is a PROFIT CENTER for region-area media that tap it in ways that earn the RESPECT and TRUST of citizens and elected leaders alike by informing, inspiring and mobilizing them to get good things done in their communities.

5. chicago's MEDIA are well equipped to TO enable all chicagoans (leaders included) to respect  and trust each other

vI. chicago's mEDIA CAN create LEVEL,

TRUSTWORTHY POLITICAL PLAYING FIELDS

that inform, inspire and mobilize

chicagoans to make chicago safe

iN CHICAGO TODAY, POLITICAL trust IS EARNED OR

LOST ON THE ONLY playing field where trust CAN

BE EARNED IN a digital age: in CHICAGO'S MEDIA.

to be trustworthy, THIS DIGITAL PLAYING FIELD

MUST BE LEVEL: AS LEVEL AS THE TELECASTS OF

OF THE RULE-GOVERNED CONTESTS OF CHICAGO'S

BELOVED PRO SPORTS TEAMS. THE on-field RULES

and referees, the INSTANT REPLAYS AND the EXPERT

COMMENTARY that mark these TELECASTS HAVE

EARNED AND MAINTAINED THE TRUST

OF CHICAGO SPORTS FANS. 

These telecasts provide a model for trustworthy,

productive political discourse, both contested

and uncontested. They CAN be adapted to CONNECT

CHICAGOANS AND THEIR LEADERS IN TRUSTWORTHY,

RULE-GOVERNED DELIBERATIONS THAT get good

things done IN CHICAGO BY BRINGING OUT THE

BEST IN CITIZENS AND LEADERS ALIKE.)

SIMPLE AS THAT. 

vii. what does it mean for media to 

BRING OUT THE BEST IN CHICAGO?

BRINGING OUT THE BEST IN ALL

CHICAGOANS MEANS TAPping DEEP INTO THE 

ExperiencES, Insights, Talents, Wisdom,

boundless energIES AND Yearning for Safety

OF THE PEOPLE OF CHICAGO (LEADERS INCLUDED)

in ways that actually make chicago safe.

FIRST, HOWEVER, chicago's leaders

MUST to earn A DEGREE OF CITIZEN trust.

SO WHICH OF CHICAGO'S MEDIA ARE

BEST EQUIPPED TO ENABLE CHICAgO'S

LEADERS TO EARN CITIZEN TRUST?

Viii. chicago's network tv stations can 

help chicago make itself safe 

so WHERE DO MOST CHICAGOANS TURN

FOR THEIR LOCAL NEWS, SPORTS AND WEATHER?

THEY TURN TO SIX tv STATIONS THAT ARE FULLY EQUIPPED

BOTH TO ENABLE CHICAGO'S LEADERS TO EARN CITIZEN

TRUST AND TO BRING OUT THE BEST IN ALL CHICAGOANS.

OTHER CHICAGO MEDIA - NEWSPAPERS, RADIO, ONLINE -

WILL SUPPLEMENT THEIR PROGRAMMING MUCH AS THEY

AMPLIFY, ENRICH AND CRITIQUE THE TELECASTS

OF CHICAGO'S PRO SPORTS TEAMS.

 

And it doesn't have to be. Chicago has long had in place not some but all of the digital age resources it needs to make itself SAFE.

All along, Chicago could have used the local media of its digital-age public communications system to connect Chicagoans and City Hall to advance the universally desired goal of making Chicago SAFE.

But it didn't, and Chicago has yet to do so. In part this is so because five decades into the digital age the city continues to rely primarily on the industrial-age violence of its police to try merely to contain or reduce the digital-age violence of the heavily armed, drug dealing, youth victimizing street gangs that have terrorized Chicago since the 1960's. 

But this is so also because the public and commercial media that comprise Chicago's public communications system have yet use their resources to help Chicago make itself safe.

 

 

Absent a digital-age media to help Chicago realize a digital-age age public safety strategy, Chicago's head remains stuck in the sand of the industrial age. Chicagoans and their leaders can't think and act as a city committed to its own best interests.

 

 

Six decades of Chicago's public safety strategy of violence reduction failed, disastrously. And coupled with decades of media accounts of Chicago's wartime levels of violence and the city's failure even to reduce it, violence reduction has backfired as well.

 

Today most Chicagoans have given up on the possibility of safety. The city more or less accepts violence as a permanant, unalterable, even natural fact of Windy City life, like brutal Chicago winters. In these ways, Chicago has made itself violent. 

Instead, five decades into the digital age, Chicago's head remains stuck in the sand of industrial age in the sphere of public safety. For six decades it has been relying primarily on its its police violence in consistent failed attempts not to make itself safe but merely to reduce the youth violence of the heavily armed, drug dealing, youth victimizing street gangs that arose in the 1960's along with the rise of generation gap and the communications between young and people adults

it is using its digital-age media to keep itself violent. It has yet to realize that, in a digital age, public safety is not just a traditional public safety (police) problem or even a public health (medical and psychological) problem. It is also, and equally, a public communications (media) problem. 

This abuse of modern interactive communications technologies Digital-age Chicago, like cities everywhere, is still transitioning (or evolving) from its industrial age. The transition The wartime levels of violence and, in the eyes of many, the citywide breakdown of law and order that the city is experiencing today are best understood in light of the difficulties the city is experiencing in making this transition.

Well into the digital age - for the past four decades - Chicago's responindustrial-age yet to enter the digital age in the sphere of public safety. 

 

in its grip today is a different order of violence from the city's industrial-age violence.

 

It is a relatively new, media-driven kind of violence centering, ostensibly, on young people, not adults. In fact, its true center is the breakdown of communication between young people and adults that has occurred worldwide since the 1960's with rise of the never-trust-anyone-over-30 generation-gap with the drug/music/media generation gap.

In does not merely occur in the digital age, but is substantially fueled by the very digital media that over the past four decades have transformed life as we know it.

 

 

Superficially, digital-age violence it's about young people, not adults. The violence that erupted in the 1960's from Chicago's heavily-armed, drug-dealing, youth-victimizing street gangs, for instance, has seen as a form of youth violence

It's also seen as gun violence. But these labels overlook 

 

More essentially, its about the media-fueled generation gap: about the division of young people and adults into separate and often alien cultures that arose worldwide in the 1960's in today's ever-more media-driven world.

Chicago's digital-age violence can be seen as an instance of this phenomenon.

And six decades of Violence Reduction have left Chicago with the of violebackfired. Disastrously. In part because throughout these years Chicago has insisted on using industrial-age police violence pitted adults against children. In 2010, it pitted Chicago's 11,000 police officers against the 100,000+ mostly teenaged members of the heavily-armed, drug-dealing, youth-criminalizing, youth-victimizing street gangs that had terrorized the city since the youth-culture, generation-gap years of the 1960's.

gangs. Chicago' longstanding violence reduction public safety made the city violent whose use of industrial-age police violence     addressing the digital-age violence of gangs . 

. Suddenly, during these pre-digital age years, the city's criminals (and victims) were mostly young people, often children. By 1992, Mayor Richard M. Daley was openly saying that Chicago had lost two generations of young people to gangs and drugs.

Today the total of lost generations of youth is three and counting fast to four, with no end in sight. Violence reduction has not only failed to reduce violence, it has backfired. Chicago's violence, and its breakdown of law and order, is now citywide. Read more.