SPOILER ALERT! 3 comments


What’s the statute of limitations on the term spoiler alert?

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I have to admit, I don’t understand it. While checking out Twitter earlier today, someone referenced an event in Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys (released in 2005) and someone responded with “SPOILER ALERT” as if the tweeter was ruining a surprise. I can understand that anything could be considered a SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t already experienced it whether it’s a book, movie, or whatever. At some point, however, don’t we lose the right to scream that?

If someone on the internet posted something about the first season of HBO’s Game of Thrones (2005) after reading the series from George R.R. Martin, I wouldn’t blame anyone for screaming SPOILER ALERT. The recency would dictate that you should probably warn people that you’re possibly about to ruin their entertainment world. After that, I personally have a tough time faulting anyone from openly discussing the details of a particular event.

Seriously, where does the line end? Do we allow people to decry SPOILER if they now discuss the plot of 2006’s Pirate of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest? What about someone referencing 2003’s The Davinci Code? What about someone discussing the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001? Should someone scream SPOILER ALERT when announcing where and when the planes came down in NY? How about when these same people talked about what Mark David Chapman did? Should people be surprised by JFK or Lincoln’s assassination attempts? “So, Abraham Lincoln went to the theater and…

“SPOILER ALERT!!!”

Should the response be “Sorry, I didn’t realize you weren’t up on the events of 1865.”?

Perhaps that’s a detriment of the American society. What about someone detailing, “Oh, yes, he was buried, After three days, we couldn’t find him.”?

Whoa, whoa, whoa! LALALALALALALALALALA! I don’t want to know what happened to this illegal alien named, Jesus. Anyone else have an opinion?

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    • pcalderone

      The magic number is 9 and that sure makes it seem like a foregone conclusion. Go Cubs! If only the Royals could stop getting in their own way.

  • TōB

    I think it’s less about “spoiling” things and more about people demanding that communication happen through the filter of their comfort. In general, that’s a bad idea, and at worst it’s a tacit admission of narcissism. Sorry, Twitter is a public platform. You’re gonna see some stuff.