The Devaluation Of A Minute's Silence
by P Atkinson (18/6/2015)

Moment Too Long
On Wednesday 17/6/2015, before the start of the 2nd State Of Origin National Rugby League match, following a public request for a Moments silence to show respect for the death of Athlete Ron Clarke, many in the crowd booed and yelled for the duration of the Moment.

Becoming A Moment
On Saturday, 30/6/2001, just before the commencement of the rugby union match between Great Britain, and Australia, it was announced that there would be a moments silence. This test between the Lions and the Wallabies was broadcast live on the channel 7 television channel, so the viewing audience and the crowd of spectators witnessed this devaluation of a minute's silence to a moment's silence. This verbal devaluation was later confirmed in print by The Courier-Mail on 17/1/2005:

'Cheers give way to a moment's silence'

A RARE silence descended over Bellerive Oval in Hobart yesterday as the capacity crowd, players and officials in the Australia-Pakistan one-day international bowed their heads to reflect on the victims of the Asian tsunami disaster.
The fall of Pakistani opener Salman Butt coincided with an extended drinks break, which concluded with the minute's silence at 11.59 am AE DT.
The Australian fieldsmen lined up next to the umpires and Pakistani batsmen in front of the 16,000-strong crowd, which also remained silent as part of Australia's National Day of Mourning and Reflection to honour the dead. Flags at the ground were flown at half mast.