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EXHIBITED MARCH 1 - APRIL 1, 2012
CONTINUES AS A LIVING ARCHIVE ONLINE
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Gallery
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center

A living archive of creative and critical responses to the Occupy Wall Street movement by THE NEW SCHOOL community.

The People’s Skype

J.R. Baldwin

www.peoplesskype.org

The People’s Skype is a phone powered platform for large Occupy Wall Street rallies that let’s anyone with old or new phones magnify the range of the People’s Mic.┬áThe People’s Mic is a human powered PA system where listeners echo a speaker’s words during rallies and general assemblies, but in larger crowds, the words might be echoed 5 times before it reaches the edge. While the original people’s mic is a great invention for smaller settings, it can become quite slow and harder to hear in these larger situations.

The People’s Skype makes it easy to carry a speaker’s words further into a crowd without having to echo more than once. If phone listeners are scattered throughout the crowd they can repeat the speakers words clearly. Or, listeners can turn on their speakerphones to create a distributed PA system.

Another aspect of smaller Occupy assemblies that gets lost in larger crowds is the use of hand signals to express opinion. A phone keypad voting system is integrated into People’s Skype to allow phone based tallying during a rally, which when combined with hand signals conveys a general consensus of the crowd.