Last weekend, I was sitting in a movie theater, watching the opening sequence for ?Star Trek,? when I heard a cell phone go off. I was annoyed, since it had only been moments since the ?Please turn off your cell phones? announcement played. But there it was. Then another rang. Then the dude in front of me actually got up ? blocking my view ? and talked his way out of the theater to continue his call.
I was annoyed, to say the least. By the time the futurized Nokia ringtone pipes in from the speakers, I nearly stood up to shush the crowd. Well, that would've been my bad, since it was only a weird product placement in the movie. (The Finnish cell company was branded on an onboard mobile car phone used by the young James T. Kirk.)
Phones going off at the movies or at weddings, funerals and other inappropriate places has become commonplace. This, however, takes that lameness to a new level: Imagine the same scenario in a room filled with serious journalists and White House representatives. W.H. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs did exactly what I would've done: Confiscate the devices like a high school teacher reprimanding texting kids.
There's a lesson here: If you can't figure out how to set a phone to vibration mode or shut the darn thing off, you?re not worthy of having one.