Saturday, October 15, 2011

Loud speakers

As the news comes in that the old-skool, analogue TV signal will be switched off in the UK next year, one might be forgiven for thinking that the ones and zeroes have finally triumphed. But apparently not. First there’s the story of the Occupy Wall Street protesters getting round a ban on amplified sound by what they describe as the human microphone – essentially an agitprop variant on Chinese whispers. And then we hear of one Nyanza Roberts, a teacher from Hull who is accused of using Facebook to make some unflattering remarks about her students. The neat thing here is that parents only became aware of the comments when some thoughtful soul printed them off and pasted them on walls and lamp-posts around the neighbourhood. Which is, I suppose, nothing more than social networking gone analogue.

PS: This just in from the London protest:


Vicus Scurra said...

Can you send me a copy of this in the post please?

Billy said...

"Aargh" is my new favourite slogan.

Tim F said...

I'm standing outside your house doing semaphore, Vicus.

Billy: I used to have a coleague who said "Aargh" at times of stress, but without an exclamation mark, if you know what I mean.