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Cellphone Etiquette

Cellphone etiquette continues to be in the news.  This morning, Marylee Shrider, writing in the Bakersfield Californian, rails at people who take calls in restaurants, theaters, and other public spaces.  This, after going to a movie and being disturbed by callers.

Cell phone etiquette, like cell phone technology is still evolving, but “no matter where you make or take a call, virtually all situations call for you to avoid being intrusive,” writes Peggy Post, great-granddaughter-in-law of etiquette doyen Emily Post and author of “Emily Post’s Etiquette, 17th Edition.”

Maybe the solution is to do as the french have done, and permit the use of jammers in theaters and concert halls. 

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  • Jim Courtney January 3, 2006, 6:08 am

    Maybe you need to watch films only in AMC theaters where immedately prior to running the feature film, they precede with a trailer that creates lots of annyoing noises (using the best of THX technology) and ends with the line (in very bold script) "Silence is Golden; don't create your own sound track". My experience is that this trailer seems to be quite effective and is a case for making the point is situ in a timely manner.

    P.S. — Two highly recommended movies: Syriana and Walk The Line. The former, which has merit on its own for an international politics thriller, also turns into a great awareness generator for the role of Blackberries in U.S. security operations.

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