I’m a pretty busy person. Between school and work, I have very little free time to spend playing games, watching television, or going to the movies. As a result, I don’t play through games as fast as most people, nor do I always catch shows or films when they are first aired or released. Since I spend a lot of my time on the internet due to the nature of my work, I am in constant danger of the dreaded Spoiler
To Keep From Spoiling:
- Never talk in specifics. You can post something like “Game of Thrones was unbelievable tonight!”, but stay away from statements like “I’m so glad they finally killed him! I hated that character!” Definitely don’t get any more specific than that, either.
- If you want to talk about an event, text or call a friend who watches the show (or watch it with your friends). Don’t throw a statement out into the ether of the internet that could spoil things for others.
- If you’re posting a review and want to talk about something that happened in the show/movie/game, then make sure you warn readers abut spoilers. You can also put a spoiler tag over the part of the article that would give things away.
- Start a conversation with sentences like “Have you watched the last episode of Sherlock?” If they say no, then you can’t accidentally spoil them.
- Be courteous to the people around you, and think before you say things. I’ve had to stop myself on the verge of giving spoilers for a new show or movie without even thinking about it. Don’t be a jerk, and don’t be that guy.
To Keep From Being Spoiled:
- Be careful on social media. Don’t go on sites that are notorious for spoilers (i.e. Tumblr, Twitter), and make sure that you don’t look under any show-specific hashtags.
- Avoid news articles or reviews. They’re likely to talk about major plot events — the things that everyone is talking about at the water cooler (figuratively speaking) — so you may end up reading something you don’t want to read.
- Catch up quickly. There’s a statute of limitations for internet spoilers that spans about one week. After that you can be disappointed, but you shouldn’t be mad about being spoiled.
- Let people know you’re not caught up. Especially if you are consuming older media for the first time, you can be accidentally spoiled! Mention at the start of the conversation where you are at so others can avoid spoilers.
Do you think that these steps could work to prevent spoilers? Do you have any other suggestions, or things you disagree with? Leave your thoughts in the comments!
|As a card-carrying member of the Justice League, honorary Star Fleet ensign, and a Ph.D student in political science, Amanda doesn’t have much spare time on her hands. But when she does, she spends it gaming, nerdcrafting, marathoning shows on Netflix, debating Tolkien online, sewing costumes for cosplay, and writing on Geekphoria.net.||