I'm not certain if this is the appropriate forum for my question, but here goes:
There seems to be near universal agreement that if you have a ticket for a seat and want to recline then you have every right to do so, the guy in back be damned. I don't necessarily agree with it, having been the guy whose knees get crushed too many times, but I can at least get some room back by reclining my seat into the next guy's lap.
My question has to do with visual in-flight entertainment. I like to read and rarely watch in-flight video/TV/whatever it's called these days. I'll either turn on my overhead light or, even better, will raise/lower the window shade to get natural light. Neighboring passengers complain that the light ruins their viewing experience. Why should I have to sacrifice what I want to do to pass the time so that someone else can experience the mental wasteland? Is it my right to let there be light so I can read?