Friday, October 19, 2007

One Mega Amp Could Smother Weekend Protestors

This amplified H St NE area resident's speech was barely audible against two bigger amplifiers during the Second Annual Amplified Free Speech Day in Adams Morgan. (Photo Copyright © 2007. David Klavitter)

World Bank and IMF protestors plan to descend on Washington, D.C. this weekend to exercise their free speech rights.

When an issue is of such importance that large numbers of people turn out and non-violently make their united voices heard, that's a good thing.

And a chorus of united, unamplified voices can be loud, which also is a good thing.

But the District's noise law which permits unlimited levels of amplified free speech contains a sinister flaw: One single person with enough money can power an amplifier loud enough to drown out that chorus of unaided voices.

The only retribution is for the unaided voices to procure an amplifier bigger and louder than the first one. In which case the monied invidual will get a louder amp. Not only will a game of one-upsmanship result, but the outcome is not geninue protest speech--it's manufactured and artificial.

Under current D.C. law, free speech belongs not to those with the greatest number of people, but rather to whoever has the loudest amplifier.


Anonymous Franz said...

Any interaction with the IPSUK people lately?

5:40 PM  
Anonymous poo poo said...

hey, david.

check out this new hollywood movie about noise.

9:22 AM  
Anonymous poo poo said...

oop, here's the last little bit of the URL:


9:22 AM  
Blogger Klav said...

Besides hearing them in my home every Saturday, I've had no direct interaction with ISUPK people. I photographed them every Saturday during 2006. I chat more with the Rev. Dallas Williams and Pastor Banks. They're much nicer.

5:50 PM  

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