Via The AVClub
The big topic at CinemaCon - the combination Movie Theater trade-show / tech-demo / footag-showcase - this year was the debut of the 48fps digital projector technology for "The Hobbit." Second biggest? Apparently theater chain owners are having a serious discussion about whether they should allow people to text during movies to increase ticket sales.
The obvious answer for any respectable person is NO; but that we've come to the point where this is even a serious question is telling about just how much closer we inch toward Idiocracy every day.
The population has become so obscenely bloated - in multiple senses of the term - that the stupid, ignorant and inconsiderate now have so much power as a "market demographic" that lowering the standards to entice them back into various establishments is seen as a necessary business decision.
I will GLADLY pay a higher ticket price to attend a theater that forcibly removes talkers, phone-users and other wastes of tissue from the building; and I know I'm not alone. If Michael Bay's America wants to text during the movie, let them do it at home - and if the ticket prices have to rise and the Theatrical Experience has to become the province of elite cinephiles and hardcore film-geeks who don't mind paying extra for the privilige... so be it. I've had enough.