|Snafu on Sat, 12 Nov 2011 04:40:25 +0100 (CET)|
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|<nettime> Compilation of MIC CHECK disruptions|
Dear nettimers,it seems like the MIC CHECK, the ritualistic practice of amplifying a speaker's voice in public space through call and response, is now migrating from cities and squares to public (or semi-public) events held by the authorities in various venues. Basically, protesters bring with themselves a text and engage in call and response so as to overcome the amplified voice of authority. A very simple tactic, but quite effective, as you can see from the videos below.
The first powerful action that I know of was held at the Panel for Education Policy in New York on October 26:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbmjMickJMAThen Wisconsin governor Scott Walker (the union-buster) was mic-checked at the Chicago's Union League Club on November 3:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oHRdiklTlU&feature=shareAnd yesterday Republican presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann was mic-checked by a group of students in Charleston, SC:
http://mountpleasant-sc.patch.com/articles/bachmann-talks-foreign-policy-at-yorktown#video-8403501I can see this spreading so as to become one of the favorite forms of contestation of the Occupy Movement. It would be interesting to know whether someone is working on a social history of the Mic Check.
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