Opinion: Are we doomed never to be spoiler-free again?

Even River Song knows you should reveal spoilers. The fate of the universe may depend on it.
Even River Song knows you shouldn’t reveal spoilers. The fate of the universe may depend on it.

As I continue my pursuit of staying spoiler free for The X-Files revival, the task seems to be becoming more and more difficult. Facebook and twitter are littered with unfiltered information, from speculation to detailed casting info.

Everyone’s definition of a spoiler tends to be different and that’s ok. It is quite a slippery slope of what is and isn’t a spoiler. Not to mention the debate of how old a show/episode must be before you talk about it. But lets focus on unaired or current TV before we fall down the wormhole of the past.

Generally, if people say they don’t want to be spoiled. Don’t. It’s not really that hard.

If you want to read leaked scripts or watch leaked episodes, great! I don’t condone getting episodes that way, but it’s your choice.

If you want to know casting info or see pictures from sets, that’s ok too.

If, like me, you don’t want to see or know about any of the above, that’s actually ok too.

I have previously mentioned how in the early days of the internet, while waiting six months for The X-Files to air in Australia, I would read episode synopsis’ on the official X-Files site. I threw myself head first into spoilers for I Want To Believe. I never intentionally spoiled anyone back then as I wouldn’t if I knew any spoilers now.

However it seems like people these days just assume everyone wants to know everything. Not all of us do! Yes we’re excited about The X-Files revival, we just don’t need to have the details before it airs. If you’re a fan that does, great, just think before you hit that retweet/repost button, please.

It’s not just fans who tweet or repost every piece of unfiltered information that lands online.

Those of us who have been spoiled need to cast our eyes to the media, who now deem it necessary to post spoilers in headlines. I understand, its clickbait, they want readers for advertising. But please tell me entertainment websites, what happened to your general courtesy? Why did you decide to take away our choice to be spoiled or not?

Should we, those fans who want to remain unspoiled, have our internet browsing and social media habits dictated by those who want to be immersed in the spoilers? No. It is also not ok to tell fans who wish to remain unspoiled to leave the internet. A statement like that just shows the level of thought that person gives to others.

I do remember a time not that long ago when fans thought of each other and respected the wishes of those who wanted to remain unspoiled. Media outlets would post a spoiler warning in their headlines.

So is it just a case the times we live in now? Information becomes more immediate and the demand for it even more so. Live tweeting episodes its great business for shows, but those of us in the wrong timezone or don’t have time to see something as it airs will inevitably see something we don’t want to.

Can we expect to never live in a spoiler free environment again?

A spoiler warning takes two seconds.
A spoiler warning takes two seconds.

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