Chicago Constructs Death Clock to Force Media Discussion of Gun Violence

CHICAGO — Realizing that their city would see a record high number of fatalities from gun violence in 2012, Chicago residents have pooled resources to construct the Annual Death Clock. The billboard-sized mortality counter was created in response to the dearth of media coverage of Chicago’s unrelenting struggle with gun-related deaths, primarily among minority youths.

Last month, the 400th annual murder in the Windy City received a cumulative one minute and eight seconds of coverage from the mainstream media. Although the city does have gun-control legislation, Chicago remains poised to break a record in yearly loss of life from firearms.

The clock was designed as a means to put the issue at the top of the national media’s agenda. This proved to be no easy task; a meta-analysis of media coverage shows news networks to be concerned primarily with the fragile recoveries of both the American economy and Robert Pattinson/Kristen Stewart relationship.

Although it is advantageous for media groups to provoke the zeal of their audience, the Annual Death Clock represents a problem that can only be resolved through difficult conversations about the sociological roots of violence. Pollsters suggest, therefore, it would be more effective to drop the narrative and focus on making pro-gun Republicans seem sympathetic to child pornography.

Even the clock’s prominent location in Millennium Park next to the famous “Cloud Gate” statue is unlikely to help spur recognition from high-profile networks.

“We’ve received numerous calls for coverage from Chicago activist groups,” said CNN executive Ken Jautz, “but the responsibility of journalists is to nourish the perception that deadly violence among underprivileged youths in impoverished urban centers is an innate, unalterable phenomenon, not to open the door to serious discussion.”

“I told them, ‘if a white girl goes missing, give me a ring,’” continued Jautz, “that stuff tends to get pretty respectable ratings.”

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  • Avatar of Aiano
    Aiano
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 8:06 am 0Likes

    “Although the city does have gun-control legislation, Chicago remains poised to break a record in yearly loss of life from firearms.”

    Note that gun bans have been and continue to be ineffective at addressing the issue.

    “a problem that can only be resolved through difficult conversations about the sociological roots of violence”

    Okay, good good. Combating violence through better education, youth outreach programs, etc.”therefore, it would be more effective to drop the narrative and focus on making pro-gun Republicans seem sympathetic to child pornograph”

    What? Therefore? You know “therefore” typically has to have some logical connection to the previous thought. Mud-slinging has nothing to do with advancing the conversation and is likely to steal more media attention than the issue you are trying to highlight.

    • Avatar of Matthew Herren
      Matthew Herren
      Posted November 13, 2012 at 9:48 am 0Likes

      … and you see why this problem has been allowed to continue for so long unaddressed. It’s not about solving it, it’s about blaming someone else – even in the face of all evidence.

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    Guest
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 5:52 pm 0Likes

    Kinda makes you wonder. Chicago has an incredible death toll even though they are one of the strictest cities in the country for gun control.

    Maybe guns aren’t the problem here, maybe it’s the people of Chicago…

    • Avatar of MELZ P
      MELZ P
      Posted November 13, 2012 at 7:03 pm 0Likes

      Maybe its other states gun laws that are the problem. It’s other states guns coming into Chicago. Get the facts and then come back.

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