I've been pondering ways to try and communicate what is being lost when a movie is watched in Pan & Scan mode -- some kind of analogy that might actually help show how much the director's artistic vision is being compromised. I did hit on an idea, but it only works if the person you are talking to is a reader. If they never read (and I'm talking BOOKS here, not magazines!), then I don't think this will have any weight. Ask the person to name a few of their favorite books. See if they can tell you what about those books they like --what particular aspects. Then ask them what are the basic building blocks of telling the story (and you want to get to the answer of "Sentences"). Then ask what are the two main elements almost all sentences share (subject/verb). "So really," you can say, "all the book needs is a bunch of short two word sentences with a subject and verb. How would those books read if you cut out all the words except the subjects and verbs of the sentences?" Of course they will object and say that either the book would make no sense, or that you would lose the richness of the story. And then they are yours! Of course, this argument assumes they are actually open minded about the whole issue. There are a lot of people who read who won't give a rat's bunghole about OAR, sadly, even if you use nice logic and reasoning. Someone else (forgive me for not remembering who) here on HTF also gave a great example -- take a picture of a beloved child (or grandchild) and crop it down to show only the basic facial features -- eyes, nose mouth. No hair, ears or clothing.