One of the big things in the social media era is that it’s very, very easy to go online and talk about the latest episode/movie/book/whatever and immediately talk about it.
Sadly, it’s also given birth to the spoiler movement. Folks simply post without thinking, leaking massive plot twists with the press of a button. For those of us who either haven’t seen/read the episode/movie/book in question, it means we can have the surprises completely ruined.
This has been especially true in recent years with The Walking Dead. It’s veered enough from the comic that some things just aren’t the same, so you can’t be sure what’s coming, and if you see it, it may not be what you think (case in point – Andrea isn’t dead in the comic, long past when she died on the show…oops! Spoiler! See what I did there?). Yet I see frequent posts that contain massive spoilers.
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I usually skip over things quickly, but it’s hard when the television show, itself, spoils the story. I’m talking about Family Guy. Now, I heard about the plot-twist last night which resulted in something that will forever change the show; I was fine knowing it. This morning, though, the show posted an image on Facebook that completely spoiled the episode. If I’d been watching regularly and hadn’t seen it yet, I’d be pissed.
Bad enough when my friends and acquaintances do it, but most know to hold off a few days before talking online about shows. The show, itself, releasing the spoiler? Bah.