A few thoughts on the state of spoiler culture.
Well, It’s the age of “me me me - me first me first - I did it - I did it” ... which is supported by the current theory that ‘consequence’ is a demand of the weak. Ooph. Jeff’s head will explode (if you didn’t immediately dm him a warning already). It’s gotten to the point if a building was on fire, instead of running out, some people would rather run to the phone to be the first to report it. Yikes.
I believe a lot of this is related to how social media has changed our incentive structures. The human experience has been stripped away and profit becomes the only driver. When I wrote a series on social media’s impact in January, I learned how much these incentives have changed our brains and manipulated our emotions. Media companies are made of people after all.
Only to slightly ruffle some feathers here, but I do think the spoiler-averse attitude tends to overlook the _how_ of the filmmaking, in favor of _what_. In this case, I wasn’t blown away because of what happened in the episode, but how it was executed. I watched it again last night, fully aware of what was going to happen, and still couldn’t stop watching. I actually would question the very word “spoiler” because in the end, why happens in the story is only one part of the experience.
That said, I would of course never knowingly “spoil” a story for anyone. Just to be clear.
Yep. I couldn't watch live, but saw headlines teasing something major happened. I assumed someone died, but there are several people it could have been. Then I saw the LA Times headline and got spoiled. I don't subscribe to the "spoilers make people enjoy things more" point of view. It ruined it for me. Made me kinda angry.
Now I'm in a race against time to watch yesterday's Mandalorian. Shhh.