With the start of new fall TV seasons and the dominance of social media over all aspects of life, spoilers are bound to happen and there is nothing more frustrating than a serial spoiler… or a whiny complainer.
I honestly couldn’t care less if people post spoilers. As a viewer, if I decide to not watch an episode within 24 hours of broadcast, it becomes my responsibility to avoid spoilers. Also if I were to post something on social media the day of broadcast, I waive my right to complain about someone commenting on it and spoiling the episode.
We live in an age of immediate gratification. Twitter and Facebook update us on a minute by minute basis of every single thought going on in the minds of those we follow. Why should anyone be forced to censor themselves for the benefit of a TV show? The fact is we shouldn’t, spoilers are a fact of life and if they are such a big deal, perhaps all forms of social media should be avoided until you are up-to-date. If you can wait more than 24 hours to watch the show, you don’t have any right to whine about spoilers.
The same rules apply if you open a platform of communication about a certain show and then whine if someone comments on something you consider to be a spoiler.
But, what exactly is a spoiler? I consider a spoiler to be a major plot point of the episode, such as Robb Stark’s death at the Red Wedding, or that Bruce Willis was actually a ghost all along in the Sixth Sense. Returning characters, quotes or opinions on an episode are not spoilers. Actors can be seen on set many months before an episode airs, quotes can be taken out of context and an opinion is just simply an opinion.
Priorities seem to be so out of whack lately that people care more about spoilers from the latest Game of Thrones episode than major societal or governmental issues. So next time you get upset because you were told about Joffrey’s death before you had a chance to witness it, stop and think if there are more pressing issues in your that should be addressed and if there aren’t just take a step back and be grateful that the worst part of your day is a spoiler.