I had a random thought this morning about clapping. Growing up in the wt culture I learned the proper protocol for clapping. Before the assembly speaker gave his talk, but not after. Public talk speakers received an applause after the talk, but not before. TMS students would not get an applause unless it was the first talk or it was one of those really dumb kids and everyone was trying to encourage him. There are probably other rules that I have forgotten.
So, given the unwritten rules (or are they written), my random thought centered on what is it about the wt culture that drived applause related decisions. Also, has there been any new light related to applause that I have missed in the past 20 years?