Darryl Kent's older sister, born and bred in Prentiss, but now something big in PR down in Havalynd. Mirri is a big Mayor Derren fan - bold new ideas, fresh forward-thinking policies, and the guts to see 'em through . Mirri supports the City Security Act 100% - putting power back into the hands of the people; isn't that what democracy's supposed to be all about? - and her agency worked on the ad campaign that played such a big part in getting the act through the city council. ("It's still your city, San Paro. Time to start taking it back." Mirri wrote that line, now familiar to San Paroites from the thousands of times they've heard in on TV, radio or the internet or seen it on billboards or subway ads. And damn proud she is of it too, especially when it earned her a promotion to junior partner and a corner office overlooking Merchant Park.)
Of course, it's different when you find out that your kid brother's one of those vigilante yahoos running around out there with a gun and a piece of paper from City Hall that says it's okay for him to go up against heavily-armed professional criminals. That stuff's fine for glorified rentacops like the Praetorians - Mirri's agency lost out on the big PR contract for Justin Teng's brainchild, so she's been down on the Praetorians ever since - or kids living out in shitholes like Montebank or the Sprawl, where they've not got much to lose in the first place, but decent middle-class kids from places like Prentiss are worth more.
Mirri soon changed her tune when she met up with the Tigers. These kids were motivated, well equipped and - thanks to the old cop Lee - they actually seemed to know what they were doing. Mirri liked just about everything he saw in the Tigers. And what she mostly saw was one big marketing opportunity.
With the passing of the City Security Act, the big buzz round the cocktail bars and clubs in Havalynd was that people power was going to be the next big thing, but, unless you were already into private security or arms manufacturing, no-one could figure out how to tap into this new zeitgeist and make some serious money. Mirri could. She knows stylists and fashion designers. She knows people in marketing and product placement. She figures she gives them the Tigers, and then it's Christmas for everyone.
Flick through the channels on your TV and count how many shows feature a bunch of good-looking clean-cut teenage kids from good homes. The Tigers look like they've walked straight out of one of those shows - their leader's a star quarterback, for christ's sake - but instead of sitting around whining about their spoiled pampered lives like the kids on those shows, they're out there putting their lives on the line to make their city a better place. Who couldn't get behind an idea like that?
Mirri sees every kid in San Paro wanting to wear a Prentiss Tigers baseball jacket, featuring the gang logo that she's already had designed and focus group-tested. She sees companies queuing up to get good-looking kids like Orlenze' to endorse their products. She sees an Akiko X brand of perfume ('Katana' is the name she and the marketing team are favouring at the moment). She sees a natural-born clothes horse like Nora fronting a whole line of high fashion Tigers clothing.
Of course, selling all this to the Tigers was a problem. The old cop was naturally hostile, but the kids got it right off. The old man came round, though, especially when Mirri offered to be their point man in Havalynd, cultivating contacts in her Rolodex to bring in sponsorship money from some of the corporates. The couple of contacts she'd shown the dummied-up prep material to were clamouring to know more. She also knew people at City Hall, enough to find shortcuts through all the red tape bullshit that still came with the City Security Act.
So now Mirri is the Tigers' biggest fan, on 20% of everything she brings their way. She's just waiting for the action to start happening, for the Tigers to start making a name for themselves, and then the phone will really start ringing.
Subject You know Darryl, right?
You met my kid brother Darryl? Hes based in Havalynd too, doing number-crunching with the Praetorians, but he grew up with Orlenz and the others and is still 100% Tigers.
Too bad what happened to him the Blood Roses came after him, killed his girlfriend and left him for dead. Its a really sad story I know a guy at Wilk-Pastor Media who says it would make great Movie of the Week, but kid brother wont play ball.
Too bad. Nothing like tugging on the heartstrings to raise your profile some.
Stay in touch!
Please allow me to introduce myself.
Really great meeting you, and I just want to say we really appreciate all youre doing out there. I think its great that cool, motivated people like you are taking direct action and sorting out this citys problems.
Youre doing your thing out there on the street, and Im doing mine too raising awareness of the Prentiss Tigers name and generating sponsorship income to help fund Tiger operations.
Together, were both really doing our part for the war on crime!
Hey, Mirri here!
Great news: starting to get kind of a buzz going about you. Whatever youre doing out there, just keep doing it, and Ill do my part here hitting up friendlies in the media (got a great contact at 2iP who just loves Tiger stories) and busting my ass to get your name and image into wider circulation.
Just about to go into a meeting with some perfume company people they want to do an Akiko X scent! so gotta run.
Love working with you!
Future marketing ideas.
Really sorry that thing I set up didnt work out, and they decided to go another way on it.
Dont worry about it theyre assholes anyway, and we can do better than their shitty offer. Already got feelers out in other directions, and waiting for some comeback from people who I know are going to love what youre about.
These things happen. Trust me; Ive been here a thousand times before.
PS. Super-busy working with Nora on the new Tigers clothing label, so my assistant Shawnee will handle this stuff with you for now. Youll love her shes so excited to be working with you!
Hey, Mirri here!
Things are starting to happen. We should definitely schedule some face-time to talk about how you see your Enforcer career developing, and what brand names you see as being especially useful in your personal war on crime.
If you dont mind, I might want to also invite along some image consultant and personal stylist friends of mine never hurts to sharpen up that media-friendly look some!
Gotta run meeting with Sofias people to discuss her wardrobe for the new Tiger recruitment ads.
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Subject Biography: The Media
As more than one commentator has suggested, perhaps San Paro gets the media it deserves. The city and its media - TV, radio, press & magazines, internet - need each other. The city feeds the media with the spectacle it craves - glamorous and exotic San Paro; violent and dangerous San Paro - and the media projects this excess back to it. San Paro gets the media it deserves, but it also gets the media it wants.
Top of the heap, of course, is Effigy magazine, self-declared arbiter of everything that is fashionable, desirable and dream-attainable in San Paro. For many outsiders, Effigy magazine - its glamour, its chic amorality, its obsession with celebrity status no matter how it's achieved, its ruthless drive to find the new zeitgeist, and its seemingly effortless ability to stay on top of it ahead of all the competition - is San Paro. The competition tell each other its had its day... and then go on slavishly imitating it, celebrities claim to despise it... and then scream down cellphones at PRs who have to tell them they've bumped off this month's cover spot by a younger and hotter new star. Cultural commentators condemn its shallowness and the celebrity-at-any-cost message it sends out to a status-obsessed population... and then send their secretaries out to the newsstand to buy the latest issue.
Editors come and go, burned out by the magazine's relentless pursuit of the latest cutting edge cool, but publisher and Editor-in-chief Darius Frank goes on forever, deciding what's in and what's out. He puts Jeung and Charlotte Bloodrose on the cover and declares that Crime is the New Sex. Two months later, LaRocha is Effigy cover boy, all muscle tone, cool-looking Special Forces tattoos and eyes full of cold and deadly intent. Praetorian recruitment figures spike off the chart, everyone debates the cover-line claim that Enforcement is everything, and Darius Frank is already moving on to the next cover star, the next trend to unearth and make his own.
The 'Age of Glam-Anarchy' - as an Effigy cover feature once proclaimed San Parians to now be living in - has been good to the magazine, expanding the range of celebrities and fashion role models necessary to feed its readership's insatiable demand for novelty and variety. Now, anyone can be a celebrity, if they have what it takes to rise above the common herd and get themselves noticed. Sport, fashion, music, film & TV, politics - these were all the traditional ways to do this. Now, in Darius Frank's Age of Glam-Anarchy, crime and street violence is just another way of getting noticed. Get noticed enough, draw enough publicity to yourself and show something of that spark of originality and zeitgeist momentum that everyone craves, and Effigy may come calling. Your moment in the sun might be brief, but it's still more than millions of your fellow San Parians will ever achieve.
The other media outlets trail in Effigy's wake, frequently providing the raw material from which it creates new San Paro icons. The Bankside Voice, former champion of the San Paro counter-culture, now throws its weight behind the CSA vigilantes, arguing that, in a society as corrupt and as lawless as San Paro's, the new radical counter-culture movement can only be a law enforcement one. Rev, secretly funded by Luke Waskawi as a means of propagating the Asylum manifesto, walks the other side of the street, being in everything but name the magazine for San Paro's criminal organisations.
It's on the city's TV and web outlets, however, that the action really heats up. Nantego News Network (aka3N ) is the city's largest 24-hour news channel, becoming increasingly reliant on an audience-pleasing diet of high speed car chases, gunfights and hostage dramas captured live on the city streets by its roving news teams. In terms of sensationalist crime glamourisation, though, it's still playing catch-up with younger and more aggressive competitor 211 in Progress, which is dedicated solely to crime coverage. 2iP cameras are everywhere, lapping up the action, making overnight stars of Enforcers and Criminals alike, and there are rumours of the channel signing some of the most popular gunslingers on both sides up to exclusivity contracts that forbid them to work with other networks. Not far behind these rumours are the other, darker, ones; of collusion between the channel and its favourite subjects. Criminals set up crimes specifically for the cameras. Or the channel passes along tips from criminal contacts to its favoured star Enforcers, while ensuring it's there to get the best footage when the Enforcers spring a lethal ambush on yet another group of targets.
Or so the rumours go.
Elsewhere, on i-Net (aka San Paro i-Net, or SPiN) and San Paro Public Cable, everyone gets - and many take - their shot at instant media fame. Faction-orientated blogs, websites and propaganda channels sprout like weeds all over both networks. N-Force, Justice Now, Street Power, Fightback, Counterstrike and Judgement Day are just a couple of the pro-Enforcer sites and channels out there. Opposing them, are the pro-Criminal ones, some of them associated with specific and well-known gangs, others are more individual efforts, or just generally in favour of anything related to Criminal-inspired violence and mayhem - the Blood Palace, Once We Were Kings, No Rulez, Takedown, @sylum, We Own The Streets, Street Rip.
In between the Faction-orientated channels and sites come the neutrals - Crossfire, Bullet Time, Collateral Damage, Chaos Theory - which chronicle the daily violent goings-on in the city. Ordinary citizens trying to make sense of what their city has become, violence groupies watching from the sidelines like enthusiastic sports fans, wannabe Mikko Wongs hoping their amateur journalism efforts might get picked up by one of the major media outlets, or just lone voices shouting out for attention. They're all there.
Everyone's online. Everyone gets access to the city's wangled warren of public cable channels. Everyone wants to be heard and noticed. Everyone wants their moment to stand out from the crowd.
Dolton has been a mainstay of the American auto industry for decades, producing an extensive range of mainstream cars and trucks. While the company was one of the first major automobile manufacturers in the world, it has not always managed to stay at the forefront of automobile design. Long seen as untouchable in the automobile industry, by the late 1970s Dolton was consistently behind foreign competitors in sales, being seen as old fashioned and 'out of touch'. However, changes in market perception in the mid 1980s and inroads into new commercial markets led to a dramatic revitalization of Dolton's line-up - with the company once again bringing groundbreaking automobiles to the American market, in terms of luxury, reliability and overall comfort. By 2006, Dolton's assembly lines were using the largest amount of cutting-edge automaking technology in America and the company was catapulted to record profits. Today, Dolton has reclaimed its position as one of the world's largest exporters of automobiles.
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