the last time i was on taiwan during an election, i posted a long posting, including a podcast, about democratic soundscapes. back in the united states this year for super tuesday, i’m still interested in this question; and i wonder whether we can hear attributes of threatened democracy in the sounds of contemporary politics
of course, answering such a question would require more empirical research! so i wonder: has anyone taken their mics to caucuses? is that even allowed?
and what of the sound of televisted debates, with their canned questions and posturing? and the sound of rallies: is there a difference sonically among the rallies held by particular candidates? finally, the sound of phone banks, and advertisements? might we comb this sonic archive for a sense of what democracy might sound like when it is flourishing (and when it is being strangled)?
what do y’all think?