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19th Apr '17 5:54:56 PM IchigoMontoya
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As a broader political term, the Silent Majority is an unspecified large majority of people in a country or group who do not express their opinions publicly. The term was popularized by the U.S. President UsefulNotes/RichardNixon in a 1969 speech ("And so tonight to you, the great [[TropeNamers silent majority]] of my fellow Americans, I ask for your support"), where it referred to those Americans who did not join in the large demonstrations against the UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar at the time, who did not join in the counterculture, who did not enthusiastically participate in public discourse or the media and, most importantly, still supported him. [[PresidentEvil Nixon]] saw this group as being overshadowed by the more vocal minority. Turned out he was wrong -- at least with respect towards majority public opinion towards Vietnam, which was growing increasingly hostile and would continue to do so throughout his presidency (members of the counterculture, of course, by definition tend to be somewhat in the minority, otherwise it would cease to be the ''counter''culture and simply be the 'culture').

This majority referred mainly to the older generation (those WorldWarII veterans in all parts of the United States) but it also described many younger people in the Midwest, West and South, many of whom did eventually serve in Vietnam.[[note]]Well, they'd [[{{Conscription}} go there anyway]], regardless of their support.[[/note]]

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As a broader political term, the Silent Majority is an unspecified large majority of people in a country or group who do not express their opinions publicly. The term was popularized by the U.S. President UsefulNotes/RichardNixon in a 1969 speech ("And so tonight to you, the great [[TropeNamers silent majority]] of my fellow Americans, I ask for your support"), where it referred to those Americans who did not join in the large demonstrations against the UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar at the time, who did not join in the counterculture, who did not enthusiastically participate in public discourse or the media and, most importantly, still supported him. [[PresidentEvil Nixon]] Nixon saw this group as being overshadowed by the more vocal minority. Turned out he was wrong -- at least with respect towards majority public opinion towards Vietnam, which was growing increasingly hostile and would continue to do so throughout his presidency (members of the counterculture, of course, by definition tend to be somewhat in the minority, otherwise it would cease to be the ''counter''culture and simply be the 'culture').

This majority referred mainly to the older generation (those WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII veterans in all parts of the United States) but it also described many younger people in the Midwest, West and South, many of whom did eventually serve in Vietnam.[[note]]Well, they'd [[{{Conscription}} go there anyway]], regardless of their support.[[/note]]
29th Jun '16 12:30:20 PM isolato
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As a broader political term, the Silent Majority is an unspecified large majority of people in a country or group who do not express their opinions publicly. The term was popularized by the U.S. President UsefulNotes/RichardNixon in a 1969 speech ("And so tonight to you, the great [[TropeNamers silent majority]] of my fellow Americans, I ask for your support"), where it referred to those Americans who did not join in the large demonstrations against the Vietnam War at the time, who did not join in the counterculture, who did not enthusiastically participate in public discourse or the media and, most importantly, still supported him. [[PresidentEvil Nixon]] saw this group as being overshadowed by the more vocal minority. Turned out he was wrong -- at least with respect towards majority public opinion towards Vietnam, which was growing increasingly hostile and would continue to do so throughout his presidency (members of the counterculture, of course, by definition tend to be somewhat in the minority, otherwise it would cease to be the ''counter''culture and simply be the 'culture').

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As a broader political term, the Silent Majority is an unspecified large majority of people in a country or group who do not express their opinions publicly. The term was popularized by the U.S. President UsefulNotes/RichardNixon in a 1969 speech ("And so tonight to you, the great [[TropeNamers silent majority]] of my fellow Americans, I ask for your support"), where it referred to those Americans who did not join in the large demonstrations against the Vietnam War UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar at the time, who did not join in the counterculture, who did not enthusiastically participate in public discourse or the media and, most importantly, still supported him. [[PresidentEvil Nixon]] saw this group as being overshadowed by the more vocal minority. Turned out he was wrong -- at least with respect towards majority public opinion towards Vietnam, which was growing increasingly hostile and would continue to do so throughout his presidency (members of the counterculture, of course, by definition tend to be somewhat in the minority, otherwise it would cease to be the ''counter''culture and simply be the 'culture').
29th Jun '16 12:25:31 PM isolato
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This majority referred mainly to the older generation (those WorldWarII veterans in all parts of the United States) but it also described many younger people in the Midwest, West and South, many of whom did eventually serve in Vietnam. The Silent Majority was mostly populated with the blue-collar people who allegedly didn't have the ability or the time to take an active part in politics other than to vote. They did, in some cases, support the conservative policies of many politicians. Others were not particularly conservative politically, but resented what they saw as disrespect for American institutions. The term "Silent Generation" was used to describe the generation between the WWII one and the Baby Boomers (thus, mid-1920s to 1944 births, basically anyone old enough to have been alive in the war but too young to fight in it - this generation now forms the bulk of the Tea Party and is the only living American generation to average out as more conservative than the one before.

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This majority referred mainly to the older generation (those WorldWarII veterans in all parts of the United States) but it also described many younger people in the Midwest, West and South, many of whom did eventually serve in Vietnam.[[note]]Well, they'd [[{{Conscription}} go there anyway]], regardless of their support.[[/note]]
The Silent Majority was mostly populated with the blue-collar people who allegedly didn't have the ability or the time to take an active part in politics other than to vote. They did, in some cases, support the conservative policies of many politicians. Others were not particularly conservative politically, but resented what they saw as disrespect for American institutions. The term "Silent Generation" was used to describe the generation between the WWII one and the Baby Boomers (thus, mid-1920s to 1944 births, basically anyone old enough to have been alive in the war but too young to fight in it - this generation now forms the bulk of the Tea Party and is the only living American generation to average out as more conservative than the one before.
6th Nov '15 4:44:12 PM nombretomado
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The Silent Majority are the people who are in a {{Fandom}} but don't feel the need to speak about how they like the work they're a fan of to the internet, or even in real life. Both senses of "how" - they don't talk about their fandom, and they don't say exactly what it is that makes them a fan. Their silence keeps them out of the UnpleasableFanbase; their attitudes can be learned only by implication, by measuring the difference between open comment and {{Ratings}} and making educated guesses about what's in the gap.

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The Silent Majority are the people who are in a {{Fandom}} but don't feel the need to speak about how they like the work they're a fan of to the internet, or even in real life. Both senses of "how" - they don't talk about their fandom, and they don't say exactly what it is that makes them a fan. Their silence keeps them out of the UnpleasableFanbase; their attitudes can be learned only by implication, by measuring the difference between open comment and {{Ratings}} UsefulNotes/{{Ratings}} and making educated guesses about what's in the gap.
2nd Jul '15 8:02:30 AM TheNerfGuy
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->''...And that is my opinion, as the [[LargeHam VOICE, of the SILENT MAJORITY!]] Of course, having said that, I am no longer a member.''

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->''...And that is my opinion, as the [[LargeHam VOICE, of the SILENT MAJORITY!]] MAJORITY! Of course, having said that, I am no longer a member.''
26th Dec '14 6:00:06 PM RisefromYourGrave
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These people are important. They still buy books, [=CDs=], videogames, and movie tickets. They still get and fill out Nielsen diaries. They are the ones who keep shows alive years after most on the Internet are thinking "Hey, is that still on?" They are the ones who support works that are popular [[ItsPopularNowItSucks despite open internet-fandom contempt]]. And if creators who are PanderingToTheBase have no idea that they are part of the base and no idea what their probable attitudes are, the pandering may backfire--and none who actually speak of the work will ever be sure why...

As a broader political term, the Silent Majority is an unspecified large majority of people in a country or group who do not express their opinions publicly. The term was popularized by the U.S. President RichardNixon in a 1969 speech ("And so tonight to you, the great [[TropeNamers silent majority]] of my fellow Americans, I ask for your support"), where it referred to those Americans who did not join in the large demonstrations against the Vietnam War at the time, who did not join in the counterculture, who did not enthusiastically participate in public discourse or the media and, most importantly, still supported him. [[PresidentEvil Nixon]] saw this group as being overshadowed by the more vocal minority. Turned out he was wrong -- at least with respect towards majority public opinion towards Vietnam, which was growing increasingly hostile and would continue to do so throughout his presidency (members of the counterculture, of course, by definition tend to be somewhat in the minority, otherwise it would cease to be the ''counter''culture and simply be the 'culture').

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These people are important. They still buy books, [=CDs=], videogames, music, video games, and movie tickets. They still get and fill out Nielsen diaries. They are the ones who keep shows alive years after most on the Internet are thinking "Hey, is that still on?" They are the ones who support works that are popular [[ItsPopularNowItSucks despite open internet-fandom contempt]]. And if creators who are PanderingToTheBase have no idea that they are part of the base and no idea what their probable attitudes are, the pandering may backfire--and none who actually speak of the work will ever be sure why...

As a broader political term, the Silent Majority is an unspecified large majority of people in a country or group who do not express their opinions publicly. The term was popularized by the U.S. President RichardNixon UsefulNotes/RichardNixon in a 1969 speech ("And so tonight to you, the great [[TropeNamers silent majority]] of my fellow Americans, I ask for your support"), where it referred to those Americans who did not join in the large demonstrations against the Vietnam War at the time, who did not join in the counterculture, who did not enthusiastically participate in public discourse or the media and, most importantly, still supported him. [[PresidentEvil Nixon]] saw this group as being overshadowed by the more vocal minority. Turned out he was wrong -- at least with respect towards majority public opinion towards Vietnam, which was growing increasingly hostile and would continue to do so throughout his presidency (members of the counterculture, of course, by definition tend to be somewhat in the minority, otherwise it would cease to be the ''counter''culture and simply be the 'culture').
2nd Aug '13 6:27:27 PM JIKTV
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-->'''Al Murray''', paraphrased, ''MockTheWeek''

The SilentMajority are the people who are in a {{Fandom}} but don't feel the need to speak about how they like the work they're a fan of to the internet, or even in real life. Both senses of "how" - they don't talk about their fandom, and they don't say exactly what it is that makes them a fan. Their silence keeps them out of the UnpleasableFanbase; their attitudes can be learned only by implication, by measuring the difference between open comment and {{Ratings}} and making educated guesses about what's in the gap.

These people are important. They still buy books, [=CDs=], videogames, and movie tickets. They still get and fill out Nielsen diaries. They are the ones who keep shows alive years after most on the Internet are thinking "Hey, is that still on?" They are the ones who support works that are popular [[ItsPopularSoItSucks despite open internet-fandom contempt]]. And if creators who are PanderingToTheBase have no idea that they are part of the base and no idea what their probable attitudes are, the pandering may backfire--and none who actually speak of the work will ever be sure why...

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-->'''Al Murray''', paraphrased, ''MockTheWeek''

''Series/MockTheWeek''

The SilentMajority Silent Majority are the people who are in a {{Fandom}} but don't feel the need to speak about how they like the work they're a fan of to the internet, or even in real life. Both senses of "how" - they don't talk about their fandom, and they don't say exactly what it is that makes them a fan. Their silence keeps them out of the UnpleasableFanbase; their attitudes can be learned only by implication, by measuring the difference between open comment and {{Ratings}} and making educated guesses about what's in the gap.

These people are important. They still buy books, [=CDs=], videogames, and movie tickets. They still get and fill out Nielsen diaries. They are the ones who keep shows alive years after most on the Internet are thinking "Hey, is that still on?" They are the ones who support works that are popular [[ItsPopularSoItSucks [[ItsPopularNowItSucks despite open internet-fandom contempt]]. And if creators who are PanderingToTheBase have no idea that they are part of the base and no idea what their probable attitudes are, the pandering may backfire--and none who actually speak of the work will ever be sure why...
6th Jul '13 7:04:20 AM DoctorNemesis
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As a broader political term, the Silent Majority is an unspecified large majority of people in a country or group who do not express their opinions publicly. The term was popularized by the U.S. President RichardNixon in a 1969 speech ("And so tonight to you, the great [[TropeNamers silent majority]] of my fellow Americans, I ask for your support"), where it referred to those Americans who did not join in the large demonstrations against the Vietnam War at the time, who did not join in the counterculture, who did not enthusiastically participate in public discourse or the media and, most importantly, still supported him. [[PresidentEvil Nixon]] saw this group as being overshadowed by the more vocal minority. Turned out he was wrong.

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As a broader political term, the Silent Majority is an unspecified large majority of people in a country or group who do not express their opinions publicly. The term was popularized by the U.S. President RichardNixon in a 1969 speech ("And so tonight to you, the great [[TropeNamers silent majority]] of my fellow Americans, I ask for your support"), where it referred to those Americans who did not join in the large demonstrations against the Vietnam War at the time, who did not join in the counterculture, who did not enthusiastically participate in public discourse or the media and, most importantly, still supported him. [[PresidentEvil Nixon]] saw this group as being overshadowed by the more vocal minority. Turned out he was wrong.
wrong -- at least with respect towards majority public opinion towards Vietnam, which was growing increasingly hostile and would continue to do so throughout his presidency (members of the counterculture, of course, by definition tend to be somewhat in the minority, otherwise it would cease to be the ''counter''culture and simply be the 'culture').
22nd Feb '13 6:21:52 AM nlpnt
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This majority referred mainly to the older generation (those WorldWarII veterans in all parts of the United States) but it also described many younger people in the Midwest, West and South, many of whom did eventually serve in Vietnam. The Silent Majority was mostly populated with the blue-collar people who allegedly didn't have the ability or the time to take an active part in politics other than to vote. They did, in some cases, support the conservative policies of many politicians. Others were not particularly conservative politically, but resented what they saw as disrespect for American institutions.

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This majority referred mainly to the older generation (those WorldWarII veterans in all parts of the United States) but it also described many younger people in the Midwest, West and South, many of whom did eventually serve in Vietnam. The Silent Majority was mostly populated with the blue-collar people who allegedly didn't have the ability or the time to take an active part in politics other than to vote. They did, in some cases, support the conservative policies of many politicians. Others were not particularly conservative politically, but resented what they saw as disrespect for American institutions.
institutions. The term "Silent Generation" was used to describe the generation between the WWII one and the Baby Boomers (thus, mid-1920s to 1944 births, basically anyone old enough to have been alive in the war but too young to fight in it - this generation now forms the bulk of the Tea Party and is the only living American generation to average out as more conservative than the one before.
18th Jan '13 7:43:24 AM Bakunin
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As a broader political term, the Silent Majority is an unspecified large majority of people in a country or group who do not express their opinions publicly. The term was popularized by the U.S. President RichardNixon in a 1969 speech ("And so tonight to you, the great [[TropeNamers silent majority]] of my fellow Americans, I ask for your support"), where it referred to those Americans who did not join in the large demonstrations against the Vietnam War at the time, who did not join in the counterculture, and who did not enthusiastically participate in public discourse or the media. Nixon along with many others saw this group as being overshadowed by the more vocal minority.

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As a broader political term, the Silent Majority is an unspecified large majority of people in a country or group who do not express their opinions publicly. The term was popularized by the U.S. President RichardNixon in a 1969 speech ("And so tonight to you, the great [[TropeNamers silent majority]] of my fellow Americans, I ask for your support"), where it referred to those Americans who did not join in the large demonstrations against the Vietnam War at the time, who did not join in the counterculture, and who did not enthusiastically participate in public discourse or the media. Nixon along with many others media and, most importantly, still supported him. [[PresidentEvil Nixon]] saw this group as being overshadowed by the more vocal minority.
minority. Turned out he was wrong.
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