One of the interesting technical glitches of the online meeting platforms is that only one person can speak at a time on these platforms. It is impossible to sing a chorus or have a collective singing session. It creates a condition for everyone to take turn to speak. So on the one hand, it creates a condition of generosity and courtesy. At other moments, when a random mic turns on during a speech it has the ability to deflate authority -but also curtail someone’s voice. 

If you have gathered for a casual hangout and singing you would want all of your friends mic to be off, lest someone’s doorbell rings, someone’s dog barks, someone’s toilet flushes, or the construction work above your friend’s apartment takes off right when you start to sing -the unlikely synchronization of the pitch of a drilling machine and your vocal chords or the unlikely synchronization hammering of the carpenter or of the mason to the rhythm of your singing. 

If you are a group of singers singing to a group of students, you might want to use a mic that collects all your voices into one stream and channelises through the internet -lest you will risk of your own feedback / echo cancelling your own voice. 

If you are expecting to have a class reunion and wished to clap together, you would at best get a disrupted and broken series of sounds that would never resemble the unison of the clapping in the physical space. Applauses have become solely gestural. There is something awkward about ending a presentation / lecture without applause, without that rumbling room with that collective sound.

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Collective voices in online meetings are broken and muffled. Collective voices in online meetings are broken and muffled.

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