The Walking Dead returned last night, which means it's time for my annual rant about spoilers.
It seems the general attitude of those who want to discuss the show as soon as it airs is that the rest of us should just stay off the damn internet until it's done. Not stay off entertainment sites or recaps of the shows--the entire internet. Here's why that attitude is bullshit:
Stay off the internet? Are you INSANE? hugs internet close, promises to never leave it More to the point, I'm on the internet for reasons other than procrastination and cat pictures. Last night, I kept checking twitter because I wanted to follow the latest updates in Ferguson, where a mass protest against the recent shootings of unarmed black men was being held. This is a story that requires witnesses, both to acknowledge the extent of racism in this country and to observe police abuses. It is, one might suggest, more important than your need to talk about who died on a TV show.
Let's revisit that point... your need to talk about who died on a TV show is also not more important than other people's desire to watch it spoiler free. And ya know, I've only heard people who live in the eastern or central time zone express this view. In other words, people who don't have to worry much about spoilers. For those of us on the west coast, it means at least three hours of avoiding the internet. I have the most basic cable package possible to save money, so it means waiting until the next day when the episode is available on iTunes. For people in other countries, it can be one to six months. Are they supposed to stay off the internet until the show airs in their country months later?
Last night, I heard TV shows compared to watching a live sporting event or an awards ceremony. We wouldn't expect them to avoid spoilers then, would we? Of course not, BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT THE SAME THING. They air at the same time in each time zone, so we can all watch them together. Also, people in other countries are less likely to care who wins a baseball game than what happened on a TV show. The ones who do care have figured out what bars will be showing the game and will likely watch it in real time.
Spoilers are especially annoying because it's super duper easy to not spoil people. On twitter, hashtag that fucker. I have all the shows I watch muted, so just by putting a freaking number sign before the name of the show means I won't see your tweet. On Facebook, announce that your post will contain spoilers, then hit return a few times. This will a) give people warning not to read your post and b) make the post long enough for Facebook to add the "more" link to the full post. That's it. Seriously. Hitting a couple more keys will allow those of us who love to watch a show unspoiled do exactly that.
And if you somehow still can't take those basic steps, expect to be unfollowed. Cause seriously, people. It ain't that hard.
Okay, I feel better. Now I'm going to watch the episode of The Walking Dead that just downloaded on iTunes. An episode for which I was spoiled last night on twitter.
And I've finally discovered the point of Ello--it's for long rants that don't belong on my blog.