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RadCivlittle.jpgMy contact at NATO (the National Association of Theatre Owners, not the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) sent me another example of a movie theater trying to stop texting before it even starts. The Pickwick Theatre in Syracuse, Indiana, created this poster. It's pegged to the opening of "Ice Age 3."

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Once again it's a midwestern theater that is bothering to make this message, a message that specifically mentions texting. (I don't know where they're getting their cavemen. From "Year One" perhaps.)

As you go out to the movies this weekend, please take note of texting practices and report back here to Radical Civility central.

Moving out of the movies and into the Metro, reader Rodger Pitcairn wonders if there's an upside to texting. Writes Rodger:

There is one situation where I consider texting to be good manners: While riding on the Metro. With the advent of texting, the Metro has gradually become much quieter. Reason: Riders are texting rather than blabbing loudly on their cellphones. But, yes, I agree that texting in a great number of situations is extremely rude.

Come to think of it, I think I've noticed that too. It may also be that the novelty of talking on a cell phone has worn off a bit. I've been subject to fewer inane conversations lately. And you?

By John Kelly  |  July 2, 2009; 9:02 AM ET
Categories:  Radical Civility  
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I think the Metro point brings out something for the movement. Radical Civility is not anti-texting all together. It's fine in many situations, just not when other people are trying to concentrate on something else.

Posted by: Southwester | July 2, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

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