Occupy Wall Street's Brilliant/Inane 'People's Microphone'

By Aryeh Cohen-Wade

The Occupy Wall Street protesters have come to rely on the "people's microphone." Lacking a permit to use bull horns, demonstrators repeat a speaker's short phrases to convey his or her message to the larger group. The people's mic has become an emblem of the group's anti-hierarchical nature. Is this brilliant -- or idiotic? In a Bloggingheads.tv diavlog, journalist Nathan Schneider, who has been on the ground with the protesters since the beginning, and Mike Konczal of the Roosevelt Institute debate the strategic benefits and drawbacks of Occupy Wall Street's leaderless organization.

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