I saw the new Star Trek film last (grade: “Meh+”). I was surrounded by a pack of teens in the audience, most of whom at least occasionally texted someone, some of whom were constantly texting. It didn’t distract or bother me a bit because there was no sound involved, except the occasional low hum of a vibrating phone.
This morning, I saw John’s thread about the NRO douchenozzle who became so enraged with a fellow audience member’s texting at a play that he snatched the phone out of the woman’s hands and tossed it across the room. From the comments, it appears some of y’all agreed with his sentiments, if not his actions.
This puzzles me. Obviously talking on the phone during a movie or play is rude as all hell, but unless someone has the keyboard sounds thingie or alerts activated, texting is pretty soundless, isn’t it? A bright screen can be distracting, but is it any worse than a fidgetty seatmate?
I get that people who text during movies or plays aren’t following the rules. I don’t do it myself. It just seems like a small transgression in the scheme of things. I’m trying to understand why it’s a big deal.
PS: I suspect Williamson wouldn’t have been so aggressive if the offending seatmate had been a man instead of a woman (“of a certain age,” as he so creepily put it). Also, if he’d gone all Hulk-SMASH on some lady’s smartphone in Florida, she could have just shot him in the face.