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safe cities
in digital-age democracies










use the digital-age media
that comprise their
public communications systems
to make themselves safe.

HERE ARE EIGHT CONSIDERATIONS
FOR EFFECTIVE USE of CHICAGO's
public communications system.

(FOR US, THEY ARE AXIOMS.)

I. media POWER
chicago, like all

21ST CENTURY CITIES, IS

A MEDIA-DRIVEN CITY. its PUBLIC AND

COMMERICAL MEDIA IMPACT OR SHAPE THE

BUYING HABITS, CULTURAL PREFERENCES

AND VOTING DECISIONS OF ALL CHICAGOANS.

(MOST OBVIOUS IS the often decisive

IMPACT OF televised election-time

political attack ADS ON ELECTION

OUTCOMES AT ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT.)  

II. POWER OF DESIRE FOR SAFETY

ALMOST ALL OF CHICAGO'S 

2.7 MILLION RESIDENTS YEARN

FOR SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS AND A

SAFE CITY. MANY OF US DESPERATELY. 

(THIS DESIRE FUELS THE ENGINE THAT

MAKES AND KEEPS CHICAGO SAFE.)

Iii. SIZE OF Market FOR SAFETY
 

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CHICAGO'S 2.7 MILLION

RESIDENTS constitute the

largest of all large local 

markets: the MARKET OF THE WHOLE

OF ALL CHICAGOANS WHO YEARN FOR

- OR HAVE A STAKE IN - safe

NEIGHBORHOODS AND

A SAFE CITY.

(THIS market OF 

CITIZEN/CONSUMERS

IS A PROFIT CENTER FOR THE 

CHICAGO tv STATIONS AND OTHER

CHICAGO MEDIA THAT TAP IT EFFECTIVELY:

IN WAYS THAT EARN THE RESPECT

AND TRUST OF CITIZENS

AND LEADERS ALIKE.)

MEMO TO CHICAGO'S MEDIA:

Iv. IMPACT OF MISTRUST

TROUBLE IS, MOST

CHICAGOANS GAVE UP

ON THE VERY POSSIBILITY OF

SAFETY YEARS AGO. presently, 

most OF US ACCEPT WARTIME LEVELS

OF VIOLENCE AS PERMANENT,

UNALTERABLE FACTS OF

CHICAGO LIFE . . .

. . . LIKE

BRUTAL CHICAGO

WINTERS.
 

WORSE YET, FEW

CHICAGOANS TRUST

CHICAGO'S LEADERS. MOST

have heard too many broken

campaign promises of safetY.

AND SEEN too much BLAMING

AND BUCKPASSING

AT CITY HALL.

(ALL OF IT

HEADLINED, day

in and DAY out, IN

CHICAGO'S SOUNDBITE 

NEWS MEDIA,  ALONG WITH

ITS IF-IT-BLEEDS-IT-LEADS

CRIME STORY COVERAGE OF

CHICAGO'S VIOLENCE

ITSELF.)

BUT IT NEVER HAD

TO BE THIS WAY.

v. POWER OF TRUST AND

MEDIA'S POWER TO BUILD IT 

 in a DIGITAL-AGE,

CHICAGO'S MEDIA ARE FULLY

CAPABLE OF GETTING CHICAGOANS

AND THEIR LEADERS LISTENING TO AND

LEARNING FROM EACH OTHER IN WAYS

THAT BUILD THE TRUST CHICAGO NEEDS

IN ORDER TO DO GREAT THINGS,

LIKE MAKING ITSELF SAFE.

(THIS CAN ONLY HAPPEN

GRADUALLY, AS CHicago's leaders,

ITS citizens AND ITS MEDIA COLLECTIVELY 

dECIDE tHAT'S WHAT THEY WANT TO DO.) 

vI. MEDIA BUILDING TRUST

 THE FIRST STEP

TOWARDS BUILDING

TRUST IS for chicago's 

leaders to earn A DEGREE

OF CITIZEN trust. THIS TRUST

CAN ONLY BE EARNED ON THE playing

field where POLITICAL trust is EARNED

or LOST IN a digital age: in A CITY'S MEDIA.

AND THIS PLAYING FIELD MUST BE LEVEL. AS LEVEL

AS THE PLAYING FIELDS OF CHICAGO'S BELOVED

PRO SPORTS TEAMS, WHOSE RULES, INSTANT

REPLAYS AND EXPERT COMMENTARY EARN

AND MAINTAIN THE TRUST OF

CHICAGO SPORTS FANS. 

(​​THE NEXT STEP

TOWARDS MAKING CHICAGO

SAFE IS FOR CHICAGO'S MEDIA

TO CONNECT CHICAGOANS AND THEIR

LEADERS IN RULE-GOVERNED DELIBERATIONS

THAT get good things done IN CHICAGO

BY BRINGING OUT THE BEST IN CITIZENS

AND LEADERS ALIKE.)

SIMPLE AS THAT. 

vii. MEDIA TAPPING THE

POWER OF CITIZENSHIP

FOR CHICAGO'S

MEDIA, BRINGING OUT

THE BEST IN ALL CHICAGOANS

MEANS FINDING DYNAMIC WAYS 

TO TAP DEEP INTO THE ExperiencES,

Insights, Talents, Wisdom,

boundless energIES AND

Yearning for Safety

OF THE PEOPLE OF

CHICAGO.

(LEADERS INCLUDED!)

Viii. POWER OF TELEVISION
SO WHICH OF CHICAGO'S MEDIA CAN

BRING OUT THE BEST IN ALL CHICAGOANS?

CHICAGO'S SIX NETWORK TV

STATIONS CAN MOST QUICKLY AND 

EFFECTIVELY REACH CITYWIDE AUDIENCES.  

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FOR THEM, WE'VE

DEVISED A DYNAMIC,

LOW-COST WAY FOR CITY

LEADERS TO EARN PUBLIC TRUST,

AND THEREBY TO GET THE SAFE

CHICAGO BALL ROLLING . . .