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.
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.
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.
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.
The Pixel Shark.