slow clap @ this entire film

so on the ah panel lindsay told a story about when she and michael were on a bar crawl during supanova, and in one of the bars slow mo guys came on the tv. and by this point, michael was drunk as hell and he pointed at the tv and started filming it with his phone and said “gaaaaaaaavin! give it up for my boi!” and then the entire bar full of fans clapped and cheered.

gavin finished this story with “best video i’ve ever gotten at 4 in the morning.”

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One of the most ubiquitous clichés in film, the slow clap shows up so often and across so many genres of movies that entire compilations have been created in its honor.

Its power lies in the slow clap’s ability to sway the opinion of an entire crowd, not with words or ideas, but with the sound of two pieces of flesh slamming against each other. The slow clap generally follows the protagonist having an, “I’m just being honest for a second” moment in front of an audience. While everyone stares on horrified (everyone in movies presumably hates honesty), one person begins to clap. Somehow, that sound alone is enough to convince everyone else that, oh yeah, they also enjoyed that crazy bullshit that just happened. Gradually it swells into a massive applause as the opinion of everyone in attendance shifts 180 degrees simultaneously. The slow clap as a concept seems absurd; an entire crowd of people convinced they like something just by hearing one person clap is insulting to human intelligence. Oh, and it turns out it happens to crowds all the time.

Even the most opinionated and judgmental people in the world are susceptible to the power of group mentality. Arguably the most prominent researcher in crowd psychology, Gustave Le Bon suggested that when people come together in crowds, they start to identify with the group at large instead of as an individual. The opinions of the crowd become the opinions of each person like a mass hypnosis.

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