Spoiler Alert

How many of you enjoy movies, TV series, and shows? I love them! But I don’t always have the time to watch all of them. I can’t watch as many content as I would like to. It might be because of a period of a big load of work in the university, because of job reasons, or maybe just because someone just recommended me a show that started 2 years ago. This is the situation that many people have to face; too much content, and not enough time to consume all of it. Not everyone started to watch “Breaking Bad” in the first year, or could go to watch Star Wars The Force Awakens during the first week.

One of the hardest parts of consuming audiovisual content after it has been released is, AVOIDING SPOILERS. The Internet is full of TV and Film related blogs, newspapers, magazines… that talk about popular shows and movies. But not only blogs talk about shows, your friends and the people you follow on the social media are the biggest source of spoilers. They all want to know how close was that character from Game of Thrones to die, or how awesome was the season finale of The Walking Dead.

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The tags “Spoiler Alert” over many of the posts are almost (completely) useless. Your scrolling finger and your sharp mind and eyes scanning the content in your feed are faster than your brain realizing that you already screw up.

You already know who died, you already know who almost did die and overall you already know much you hate the person who posted that. I bet most of you have read a spoiler in social networks at least once during the last year.

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The world is so interconnected, that if you want to watch any TV series or movie without any kind of spoiler. You have only two options, or you watch it the very second it’s released, or go to live in a cave with no connection with the rest of the world for the rest of your life. You might not be intentionally looking for a show/movie related content. Maybe you are just about to post an awesome #IS6621 tweet, or just check the latest news from around the world.

We live in a world where people use Internet, therefore social networks, several times during each day. We put ourselves in risky situations every moment and we love danger.

The Internet is a huge part of this problem, but also offers part of the solution. There are many tools out there to try to avoid spoilers. Chrome extensions, smartphone apps. For example the website spoilerfoiler.com, tweetdeck… etc. and many others. The way most of them work is: you write the words you want to avoid. For example in Star Wars the Force Awakens. Writing down a whole list of words that you consider they might have a relation with the movie.
Star Wars, Han Solo, Jedi, Skywalker, Kylo Ren, Jedi, etc.

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Whenever the software detects any of this words, warns you and blocks the link or post, giving you a warning. Giving you the option to reveal the post under your own discretion.

Most of us don’t have the option to live in a cave, we have to use the Internet because of job, university, or just for fun, but at least we have the option to try to block most of the spoilers. Kill the spoilers! Social networks can be our enemy, but also our best friend if we have the right tools for it.
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The Pixel Shark.

5 comments

  1. I’ve always wondered who’s fault seeing a spoiler is! Is it my fault for watching people Snapchats or going online? Or is it the people posting the spoilers knowing everyone can’t watch it right away? I tend to think it’s the poster, but maybe that’s just because I’m bitter. I recently had the finale of the Bachelor ruined because of a Snapchat I quickly tapped out of, but still saw it enough. I didn’t know there was something like spoilerfoiler.com! I will definitely have to think about it next time a new show comes out that I can’t catch right away. Thanks for the cool post! I love the topic!

  2. ajsalcetti · ·

    And this is why sports television packages are worth so much money! Because people “need” to watch sports live and the networks know this. Who consistently records sports games to watch at a later time – it loses its luster and usually by accident (described in your post) we find out anyway. I am with you that I usually DVR shows to watch later as it conflicts with school, work, or sleep. I do many times try and find something basic about the show and see article after blog about the big events and highlights and potential spoilers. And that is with very carefully crafted google searches. Dare I go on Barstool Sports, Facebook, even CNN at this point, and there is a barrage of people with comments, spoilers, OMGs, etc. While sometimes frustrating, it is hard to totally silence the masses, and we can’t live in the cave you mentioned, so we need to do the next best thing which is tread cautiously and then hurry up and watch to catch up. Nice post.

  3. I actually think media companies *want* spoilers because it does force people more into that “live watching” environment where they can charge for ads still. While my preference is to DVR sports to avoid commercials, it does mean I can’t answer the phone or use FB/Twitter for fear of it being spoiled. I think people are getting better about not posting spoilers, too.

  4. I’ve never been one to get too upset about spoilers. I don’t really mind finding out how things end. I also think that spoilers on social media have a positive effect, not just for media companies who are able to increase viewership but also for those times when you really don’t have time to watch something but want to/ need to know what happens anyway. There are some live events I haven’t had time to watch recently like presidential debates or sporting events, but I can keep up with the action on Twitter while also engaging in other activities. Additionally, for people who work in media and entertainment, spoilers can help you keep up with popular trends even if you don’t have time to tune into the current hottest show.

  5. I never knew there were tools available to help prevent spoilers on platforms like Facebook and Twitter. I googled Spoiler Foiler and found that Netflix launched a Spoiler Foiler feature where fans could log on to the Netflix site and view a special version of their Twitter timeline while watching shows like House of Cards or Breaking Bad. Two years ago Barack Obama tweeted the night before Netflix was releasing an entire season of House of Cards, “Tomorrow: @HouseofCards. No spoilers, please”. Spoiler fear is real even with the President.

    I guess the best way to avoid a spoiler if you’re not watching a show/game live is just to avoid social media for a few hours following the event. Hopefully after a few hours less people will be talking about what happens, and it might be easier for spoilers to hide among the rest of your feed. I do agree with @geraldckane in that spoilers help get viewers to watch live. Although sometimes if I’m unable to watch certain events live, like the Grammy’s, a football game, or an episode of the Bachelor, I usually don’t watch it at all and would just read recaps online instead.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/netflix-releases-house-of-cards-spoiler-foiler-for-twitter-users-9136324.html

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