CrimeIsDown.com: Changing the signal-to-noise ratio
“Simulcast currently unavailable. Units in 7…” The air is hot and sticky on a July summer night, and the radio crackles to life once again. A person has just been shot. I type furiously trying to keep up with the tempo of the dispatcher as she reads out the ticket. A few more keystrokes and I tweet one more time.
These sounds are an all-too-common occurrence on some nights. We hear tallys like “3 killed, 20 wounded”, “1 killed, 5 wounded”, “2 stabbed”, and more. For those in communities far from the usual centers of violence, it can be easy to simply ignore it with a “not in my backyard” attitude. It’s become something we know to skip through when reading the morning news report.
I used to ignore the crime and violence going on in Chicago. Why read about something that just involves death and pain? That’s...
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