Heroic Theatergoer Smashes Cell Phone, Gets Thrown Out
Picked this up on Twitter via @Ragnell.
I am one of those people - one of those, I suppose, very annoying people - who puts great value in the social contract. I am one of those people who shuts down his phone and laptop etc on airplanes when they tell us to do so, even though I find it impossible to believe my cell phone will be the one to muddle the flight guidance system. I’m the guy who stands in line and waits his turn, and who gets to the theatre 30 minutes before curtain, minimum, and I’m the guy who is trying to teach his kids that civility and manners actually manner.
If you cannot live without your phone for the 60 or 90 or 120 minutes asked of you during a live performance? Do us all a favor, and don’t attend.
Seriously. It comes down to courtesy, which is, in my opinion, a measure of maturity, because courtesy derives from empathy.
You don’t have empathy, I don’t want to know you.