Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Mega-Man's Speech is Loud, but Short

(CLICK TO ENLARGE) A fellow calling himself “Mega-Man” uses a battery powered amplifier Tuesday in the grassy area outside the Moultrie Courthouse, 500 Indiana Ave. in Washington, D.C. He blasted the area with religious content arranged in a rhyming and rhythmic pattern for about 10 minutes during the lunch hour. People craned their necks to see where the ruckus was originating, but nobody asked him to turn down his machine, which is powered by eight, size C batteries, according to Mega-Man. He continued his pattern of rhyme while speaking to me face-to-face. He said police rarely hassle him about the noise, but usually everyone’s very polite because he only uses the amplifier, while loud, for short durations. Mega-Man's approach contrasts with those of the Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge at H and 8th Streets NE. They rudely blast the area around H and 8th Streets NE with nearly four hours of non-stop amplified speech each and every Saturday. (Copyright © 2006. David Klavitter)

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