Monday, September 25, 2006

serious blog

I know that I have written a lot of silly and nearly funny posts on this blog, but today I would like to take a moment to get serious. I want to talk about a problem that is plaguing our society right now. But I think if we work together we can put an end to it. I am talking about postmoviepreviewcommentitis. Those who are inflicted with this disease are forced to make a comment about every single movie preview they see. They will often lash out saying something like "Oh I can't wait to see that!" or "Pssh, you can bet I'm not going to that one!"

Now, there is some debate as to whether postmoviepreviewcommentitis, or PMPC, is a disease or a choice. Some people believe they are born that way, while others say they choose to make a comment after every preview. Whether or not you choose this movie-going style, it is something that needs to be controlled. If you want to make a comment about a preview to your loved one, that's your business. But don't do it in such a way that everyone else has to hear it too.

That leads me to another element of the postmoviepreviewcommentitis problem, which is the issue of second hand commentary. A lot of PMPC-ers will try to rationalize the problem by saying, "Hey it's my life, and my movie-going experience, I'm not harming anyone else." And that would be perfectly fine if you only made comments when watching movie previews at home. But when you are in a crowded movie theater and you light up a few comments about the new Tom Cruise movie and how you just don't think he's trying anymore, everyone has to deal with that and you are directly affecting their movie-going experience.

Chances are you know someone suffering from postmoviewpreviewcommentitis. You are probably wondering how you can help them. Most PMPC-ers honestly believe that you and the people around them want to hear what they have to say about the preview just shown. The best thing you can do for them is to make it perfectly clear that you don't care if they think it is ridiculous that Samuel L Jackson made a movie solely because he liked the title. It might not be easy but you'll have to explain to them that the joke they made about the Brokeback Mountain trailer has already been made 1000 times before.

Please do your part to put an end to this national crisis. And if you are currently suffering from postmoviepreviewcommentitis, help is on the way.


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