Monday, April 14, 2014

Fundraising campaign allows Australians to pay to listen to a minute of pre-recorded silence

An Anzac Day campaign allows Australians to pay to listen to a pre-recorded minute of silence. The Minute of Silence is a pre-recorded 60 seconds of silence that can be purchased for $2.26 via a phone and text service.

The silence was recorded recorded by more than 80 serving and former Australian Defence Force members and their families from conflicts including Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea and Vietnam. The president of the Returned and Services League WA branch, Graham Edwards, concedes it took him a while to get used to the idea when it was first raised.

"I was a bit dubious, a bit doubtful, but the more I've looked at it and the more I've seen the enthusiasm at which this is being picked up nationally and talking to younger people who thought it was a good idea," he said. Mr Edwards says with an ageing membership it is harder to get veterans out on the streets fundraising in the traditional way.

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"We saw the dreadful circumstance where a veteran in his 90s had his poppy tin stolen and that unfortunately appears to be a sign of the times," he said. "These are the sorts of reasons why we have to be more innovative." Mr Edwards says traditional fundraising methods such as the sale of ANZAC badges on the streets will also continue.

1 comment:

Ratz said...

They won't be listening to silence, telephone systems add "comfort noise". It's generally disconcerting to hear complete silence, so a quiet background noise is introduced to the receiving side to stop people thinking the call's ended prematurely and to stop it being quite so jarring to go from complete silence to voice activity detection and the sound being gated back on with a weird chopping effect.