Back in the days when there were video stores, imagine somebody had walked into one and shouted, “Darth is Luke’s father!” or “Bruce Willis is dead all along!” If you hadn’t seen those particular movies – The Empire Strikes Back and The Sixth Sense, respectively – you might be inclined to punch that person in the face for senselessly broadcasting key plot spoilers. This is why sane people generally didn’t do such inconsiderate and dumb things (I’m mentioning them here because, as older movies, they passed an acceptable statute of limitations some time ago).
Fast forward to today and many people have no such compunctions. Social media is rife with people sharing spoilers of movies and especially TV shows without any consideration that they’re indeed broadcasting such information to plenty of people who definitely don’t want to hear it.
Case in point: Game of Thrones. I’m a fan of the show, but I never watch it until a full season has aired. With a complex plot and so many disparate characters, I find that binge-watching episodes is the only way to keep track of what’s going on. That means purposely staying away from spoilers for a good 10 weeks, which is next to impossible thanks to Twitter and Facebook. Read the rest of this entry »