Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Theater tattle tech

Regal is testing a program that lets frequent customers tattle on other movie-goers with silent wireless transmitters. Look here for the article.


I have to admit, the concept intrigues me, especially if they enforce it. That would even get me to sign up for one of their damned reward cards.

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Anonymous Flaire said...

If you want an undisturbed movie where you are the only audience member, rent the DVD. If you want the theater experience, then embrace the fact that you are going to have to put up with other people for three whole hours.

9:07 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

I'm with Flaire on this one. Since when is being a tattletale supposed to be a good thing?

7:00 PM  
Blogger Oz said...

Maybe I'm just more easily annoyed by things like idiots on cell phones during the movie, because as much as I enjoy the theater experience, rude people get on my nerves.

7:26 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

Agreed, rude people are annoying and I too get pissed at the jerk who won't shut up. What I find so disturbing about this plan is that it reinforces the idea that ratting out your neighbor is good. That's the precise thing the government wants us to think, and they must be tickled pink that private industry is helping them. How many Jews were ratted out during WWII by witless civilians who were just 'doing the right thing'? It might seem like I'm making a ridiculous leap between these two examples, but social control is achieved through slow and subtle steps. I'm sure you've heard the frog in boiling water analogy.

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Dave T said...

From what I read, you aren't ratting out *anyone*, just alerting the theater that there is a problem. They can quietly send someone in to check, and deal with whatever they see happening. This way they don't have to have someone sitting in each viewing room full time.

And yes, comparing movie annoyances to Holocaust victims is *really* streatching things....

7:20 PM  

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