democracy’s soundscapes

what does democracy sound like? in the u.s. electoral politics centers on televised events, leading to the predominance of soundbite or mass spectacle. both tend to the repeated slogan, as do street protests. on taiwan, where electoral politics is more personal, entangled with kinship and local patronage ties, the sounds of “paying respect to” or “pulling in” votes on truck mounted speakers signal that elections are coming soon Continue Reading →