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Vuvuzelas are for the stadium, not for the office

Vuvuzelas are for the stadium, not for the office

It’s creating quite a stir for World Cup audiences both at home and in the stadium. But it should not be creating any stir at all at work, thinks Kipp.

June 16, 2010 5:33 by

The World Cup, not even a week old, has had its share of problems. But one of them seems to be rising above the din of complaints – literally. The vuvuzela, a type of large plastic horn, is apparently a regular feature of soccer games in South Africa, where fans use it to create an incredible cacophony of noise throughout matches.

That noise has not been well received by international audiences, however, and many viewers are calling for a ban of the annoying plastic instruments. They say the racket makes it hard to hear the singing fans, and sometimes even the commentary. There have even been complaints from some players, who say they can’t hear their team mates on the pitch.

Kipp didn’t really think it was any of its business, until yesterday. Reading a spoof news story on British website, we chuckled at the thought of annoying office workers bringing vuvuzelas into the work place. As we shut the story down and returned to what we loosely call work, a colleague walked in and said, “Guess what I’ve got.” We did appreciate the irony, but we did not appreciate the horn.

Later, after work, we entered our apartment building to hear a whiney drone echoing around the block and across the street. High on a balcony, a young boy was making life hell for everyone in earshot with his very own vuvuzela. Kipp assumes the parents locked him on the balcony to spare themselves, but wonders if they gave any thought to everyone else in the neighborhood.

As if that weren’t enough, news reaches us that the vuvuzela blare is now available as an iPhone app; it is surely only a matter of time before the infamous device has infiltrated every walk of life, from public transport to malls to restaurants.

Silencing the things in South Africa may be a matter for debate, but silencing them everywhere else should be beyond argument.

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