Anyone who has watched some of the 2010 soccer World Cup on television will no doubt have heard the sound of the vuvuzela. It is the cause of the constant buzzing sound that lasts for the duration of the football matches. Sometimes when a team has a spell of attacking play, wins a corner or scores a goal the sound rises to fever pitch as soccer fans go nuts with their vuvuzelas. But is the stadium horn just a harmless piece of fun or is it more sinister? In this article I shall discuss whether it is a good idea to get a vuvuzela or if it is an offer that we should pass on.
Initially when I first heard these instruments I thought it was horrible. They are so loud that it becomes almost impossible to hear other forms of football spectators' expression. Usually at football matches that I am more familiar with in europe we normally sing songs and use our voices. However the traditional way that South African fans show their support for their teams is to blow hard down these plastic horns. The sound that comes from a vuvuzela is louder than the referee's whistle and some players have already claimed, when they have played on after the whistle, that they did not hear the referee blow. This may or may not be true but it makes for a convenient excuse.
If you want to know where to buy a vuvuzela there are a few places that you can order them online. Of course for people who decided to go to South Africa to watch the football they can easily pick them up from the vendors there. They seem like gimmicks but I am beginning to wonder if the vuvuzela craze will catch on in other places closer to home. There are signs that this may already be happening. There was a fan thrown out of Yankee stadium for using his stadium horn to celebrate a home run. The fact that the security staff took measures to eject the person with the vuvuzela is a clear sign that there are policies that are designed to restrict their use. But what would happen if it wasn't just one fan with a horn but thousands. Would they try and throw everybody out?
While the vuvuzela may appear to be a bit of harmless fun, it may well be more dangerous than we think. As I mentioned above, they do make a lot of noise. The could surely be a cause of hearing damage if one were to blow then into another person's ear. The way they are blown is similar to the way you blow w a trumpet. Of course, there is the noise pollution aspect. In addition to this it may well be the case that vuvuzelas are responsible for the transmission of common colds. This is because there are so many people literally blowing their breath over one and other. This thought is a bit disgusting and puts me off the idea of buying a vuvuzela.
I have now gotten used to the sound of these stadium horns while watching World Cup matches. In a sense I actually am beginning to like them. They are a distinctive memory from this year's tournament. However on the other hand I do not plan to rush out to get a vuvuzela for myself.