human microphone


human microphone in use at Occupy Wall Street demonstration


human microphone ‎(plural not attested)

  1. A means of delivering a speech to a large crowd, where the speaker says a few words at a time, and people within hearing of the speaker repeat it in unison. Used to work around police bans of electronic amplifiers.
    • 2013 January 8, Rossana Reguillo, “Human Mic: Technologies for Democracy”, North American Congress on Latin America, accessed on 2013-01-09:
      By linking the word to the body and the crowd, the human microphone transformed an obstacle into an important asset for the social movements in the street.