We’ve mentioned before on this blog that people who text during movies are the absolute worst kind of people anywhere. Entertainment writer/mensch Richard Rushfield feels the same way, but it appears he may have found a new way to combat this scourge: with an iPad.
I was watching a movie and when the gentleman next to me started texting. He was not particularly young and looked like he belonged much more in a nightclub than a movie theater…. But then I realized I had in my hands a bigger weapon than his pathetic little iPhone. When the iPad was first unveiled, they were mocked as just giant iPhones, but perhaps they were built to be such with this very moment in mind. Not saying a word, I turned my iPad on, opened the browser to a white screen and positioned it on my lap pointed directly at my neighbor’s face and away from mine. Thus, I was able to continue to enjoy (or not) the movie – with the screen pointed away from me – ignoring him while he glared at me in outrage and waved his hands around in protest. Finally as he seemed about to make a stink, it dawned on him that he was not in a position to complain about people having their screens open during the movie. I saw him visibly deflate and put his phone back in his pocket.
I do not own an iPad, and I had until this moment zero interest in getting an iPad, but this may be the most convincing advertisement for an iPad that I have ever seen.