Here is something I don’t really understand. Why do we applaud after a show or a presentation?

If you ask google it tells you that applause is the approval or praise expressed by clapping but I think it has lost it’s meaning over time because even if we did not like what we just saw we will still applaud. It became a weird social ritual without any meaning. Also, no one ever knows when to stop and it always ends up being weird because you either stop way too early or too late.

Maybe I am wrong about this what do you think?

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8 thoughts on “Applause

  1. I think applauding someone is just a way of showing respect to the performer. It doesn’t matter whether or not you liked it, you’re just acknowledging the time and effort they put into it.
    Plus when it comes to applause you can almost always tell if the crowd really likes it.

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  2. It’s odd, because I was thinking about this just the other day. I agree with you: it’s an old-school social concept that JUST WON’t die. There are others, too: arguably the handshake. X

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    1. That’s true, it reminded me of Sir Percy Schole’s definition of applause from his Oxford Companion to Music: “The custom of showing one’s pleasure at beautiful music by immediately following it with an ugly noise” 😂

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  3. I’ve never actually thought of it like this and I think you’re right! It kind of HAS lost its meaning; now, people don’t applaud to appreciate. They applaud because it’s polite, which is a good thing, but it can sometimes be meaningless.

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  4. I agree it is a bit weird, but I suppose it’s like how we say someone’s top is nice if they ask us, because we don’t want to be rude. It’s like a reflex to avoid being hurtful, but it’d be interesting to see what it would be like if everyone was honest.

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