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Applause or Silence

Postby Hikaru Sulu » Tue Jan 22, 2008 3:46 pm

Which do you think is more appropriate to commemorate someone? The question occurs to me due to the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster. There will be a minute silence before the match against City, and the City supporters club have asked that it be changed to a minute applause to drown out those that will boo. Now, I'm sure we all know that there will be some contemptible people that will boo during the silence - in the same way that there are some pieces of human excrement who, as United fans, would boo during a commemoration for the Hillsborough disaster.

But in more general terms, which do you think is more appropriate? I am inclined to say a minute silence. There is supposed to be silence so that you can stop and think about whoever is being commemorated. It is also more moving if it is silent - you don't hear that in large stadia. I personally think that clapping isn't a particularly great way to commemorate someone - it's great if they're alive to receive it, but that's not the point of a commemorative event.

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Postby Smurf » Tue Jan 22, 2008 3:55 pm

Depends on what it's for. I believe a minutes silence is best for commemorating events such as Munich and Hillsborough, but a minutes applause is better as a form of celebrating someones life. Applause just seems a better way of remembering their achievments and celebrating that rather than mourning their death to me.

EDIT: A better way of putting it is that a minutes silence to good for remembering an event which took lives, but a minutes applause is a good way of remembering and celebrating an individual.

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Postby Wolfy » Tue Jan 22, 2008 5:02 pm

Applause, definitely. It also generates a bit of atmosphere that carries on into the match.
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Postby DjchunKfunK » Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:42 pm

I think it is better to appreciate and celebrate someones achievements in life rather than focus on the fact that they are dead when it comes to sport. So I think applause are better.
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Postby Hikaru Sulu » Tue Jan 22, 2008 7:00 pm

Hmmm, well, I am of the opinion that is better to actually pause to think about them, and their lives. Applauding is just a bit mundane. Nobody actually thinks about their achievements whilst they applaud, it's just a physical action. And after a minutes silence there generally is a burst of applause, which is all the more sincere because a fair number of people have just been thinking about said player.

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Postby Spartan » Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:33 pm

I think there's something more impressive to getting several thousand people to hush themselves in memory of something/someone and that silence would also be a stark contrast to the rest of the match which ain't exactly going to be silent.

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Postby Vidrageon » Wed Jan 23, 2008 3:01 pm

However, a real rousing round of applause can be very moving too, celebrating the life of the person and his accomplishments.

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Re: Applause or Silence

Postby Nacho » Wed Jan 23, 2008 4:02 pm

Larinson wrote:There is supposed to be silence so that you can stop and think about whoever is being commemorated.


Who does though? You think, oh it's vaguely sad these people I never personally knew died, then you twiddle your thumbs and think of pink rabbits and sex and whatever for the remaining 58 seconds of the minute.
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Postby Plant » Wed Jan 23, 2008 4:19 pm

Silence is much more profound in a normally very noisy environment.
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Re: Applause or Silence

Postby Hikaru Sulu » Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:13 pm

Nacho wrote:
Larinson wrote:There is supposed to be silence so that you can stop and think about whoever is being commemorated.


Who does though? You think, oh it's vaguely sad these people I never personally knew died, then you twiddle your thumbs and think of pink rabbits and sex and whatever for the remaining 58 seconds of the minute.


Hmm, well I do. It depends on the situatio, for instance when I was at the match following George Best's death I thought specifically about him for the minute. When there is silence on November 11th I generally think about people I know in the military, and various stories I've heard about people who have fought and died.

If I don't know the person it is about, then I generally will maintain a respectful silence for the minute. I'm sure I'm not the only one.


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