It’s something that is pretty much only a part of geek fandom movies like The Avengers. But like monkeys, people in the theaters go and clap during the title sequence, or after the movie, as if they’re applauding someone for an excellent performance…
…but there’s no one there performing.
It doesn’t make sense. It’s pure mob instinct, pure dumbing down of the masses to the most extreme of levels. Signaling to the tribe “this good me part of you, you good too” in some futile gesture to not feel alone in your geeky obsession over entertainment.
It’s utterly pointless, and moreover, it’s uncomfortable for other moviegoers who just wanted to see the film without having this weird tribal experience.
It’s another sign of the breaking down of our culture and the dumbing down of western civilization. You can draw a correlation to the devolved humanity in HG Wells’ Time Machine from the actions of the clapping in theaters.
As Avengers: End Game approaches, I implore you: don’t clap. You are not a seal. You are a free man.
If you hate clapping in theaters, you probably will enjoy The Steam Knight, of which the saga starts with Knight Training. I am wrapping up writing the third book in the series and it will be available soon, so read it now and catch up! Only 99 cents for the special forces of steampunk — and no clapping.