17 December 2013
Today's North Korean triumph - how to clap visibly
After posting Alexander Solzhenitsyn's warning about never being the first to stop applauding, here's a clip from today's Kim Jong-il anniversary with a number of weird aspects for serious students of clapping behaviour (and/or agents of the North Korean secret police).
One is the apparent reluctance of Kim Jong-un to do much applauding at all.
The other is the curious position in which the applauders hold their clapping hands - too high to look or feel 'natural', or just the right height to be visible to anyone monitoring who is clapping when and for how long?
As for the speech, you don't have to be able to speak the language to be able to tell at a glance what a pitiful performance it was...