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Spoiler Alert: A Lament
December 28, 2012Posted by on
Does it bother anyone else that spoilers for movies/TV show are so easy to come across these days? I guess in the age of the digital information highway this is to be expected. What bugs me is how free and loose people/bloggers/journalists are with the spoilers.
About a month ago, I was idly surfing the net, not seeking anything out, and – BAM – a potentially big spoiler for the upcoming Iron Man 3 was unexpectedly thrown in my face. I was kind of irritated as the spoiler, if it is to be believed, ruined what could have been a pretty interesting story beat if played out as the filmmakers intended (ie. with the audience not knowing).
What is awful is that there is no consistency. At times, some more “responsible” bloggers will announce that spoilers are ahead in a posting. Others are complete d-bags and post them in the title (not even giving you the option to not view the spoiler). Still others will try to be clever in a non-spoiler posting by not talking about the spoiler yet use wording where the reader would all but know what the spoiler is (I was sort of spoiled on M’s fate in Skyfall this way).
I know what you are thinking: “Nick, if you do not like it, do not go to those spoiler sites.” I have no problems with this. However, that does not solve the problem. Too many times, I have noticed anonymous posters on such sites as Coming Soon just post spoilers in the talkback sections of various spoiler-free articles. Thanks, ass.
I should mention that I have nothing against spoilers, and I think there is some merit for those who want to be spoiler hounds. It is also fair game once the movie is released to talk spoilers. I just do not like how these so-called entertainment news blogs are so casual with spoilers for things yet-to-be released.
I suppose the problem is only going to get worse from here as information continues to become more easily accessible. I do miss the days where you could go into a movie and not know any of the twists and turns beforehand.
This is partially the reason why I am going on a complete blackout for the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness. I have seen the poster and watched the tease trailer once. I do not plan to see or look for anything else. I do not want to know anything more about it (I do not even know who the recently revealed villain is). I want to enter the movie completely blind. I have even gone to the length of hiding people who might unintentionally spoil stuff from my Facebook newsfeed. This is, of course, going above and beyond.
We will see how this plays out.