Spoilers and Spoiling
Why must people be a bag of dicks? Last night my fiancee was hanging out on Facebook, you know like you do, and one of his friends posted a photo from a rather integral part of the new Star Wars film. Needless to say he has been in a foul mood ever since.
And can you really blame him? This is something he has been looking forward to for over a year now and he just had a very important part ruined for him. What possesses someone to post a picture, a video, or a comment that will ruin something that’s supposed to be a joyful experience? Is it that they want people to feel crushing disappointment of not having the full experience themselves? Or is it that they feel a driving need to talk about it, regardless of the feelings of others?
There are a few different kinds of people who spoil things.
1. The troll spoiler- this person doesn’t care about your feelings. They enjoy ruining everyone’s fun for their own pleasure, purposely seeking out people who haven’t seen whatever it is that they want to spoil and crushing their enthusiasm.
2. The stupid spoiler- a jerk who doesn’t think about others and posts whatever they feel like. This guy is just oblivious to people around him and will casually drop a spoiler into random conversation.
3. The accidental spoiler- this person usually isn’t intending to be an asshole. Oftentimes they’re so excited about something they loved that they just assume everyone has already seen or read the thing. They don’t mean to spoil you, they’re just passionate.
4. The news spoiler- news sites and articles that think spoilers are the equivalent to news drive me up a wall. If you read an article that’s going to give away the ending to whatever their reporting about, why would that be a good thing for the product?
5. The fake spoiler- I’m not talking about goofy, obvious fake spoilers. I’m talking about people who come up with really detailed and elaborate spoilers, make you think they spoiled you, only to find out that none of what they said was actually true. It’s one of the crappiest feelings.
Getting spoiled never feels good. You may feel like they’ve taken the wind out of your sails. You may feel your enthusiasm draining as you realize that the whole experience will now be different. Now you will sit there as you’re reading and watching, anticipating the thing you were told rather than enjoying to ride. It’s a crappy thing to do to someone.
If you’re excited, find people you KNOW have already seen/read the thing. Talk about it where everyone else won’t have to see it. Put spoiler warnings on posts, hide your spoilers, do whatever you can not to taint the experience for someone else.
You don’t want to be spoiled, so why would you do it to someone else?
How do you feel about spoilers? Tell us about your spoiler experiences. Share in the comments.