Could A Voice or Text App Make Occupy Wall Street Communication Better?

Could A Voice or Text App Make Occupy Wall Street Communication Better?

Android developers envision a more practical way for protestors to spread substantial information to each other.

Dylan Schenker
  • 13 october 2011

From its outset, Occupy Wall Street protestors have not been allowed to use any kind of electronic amplification devices. In being denied the use of bullhorns they have reverted to seemingly archaic means of mass communication, the so-called ‘human microphone.’ During any large group meetings, or even when someone in the Zuccoti Park camp has something they feel is important to say, they yell ‘mic check’ which is then echoed among the surrounding people with each subsequent sentence parsed into easily communicable segments. While the analog, and perhaps unifying, method of widespread communication has been moderately functional it has drawn some criticism for its inability to get across anything more than easily packaged information. To be sure, trying to ‘human mic’ a speech by Slavoj Zizek is probably more than just a little difficult, to say the least.

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