Embrace the Ick
Think of something that truly repulses you. Hold that thought until your skin squirms. Now, write a glowing puff piece about its amazing merits.
Now I am a pretty tolerant guy and there is hardly anything that I completely lose my head about. Some of the things that annoy me are arrogance, ignorance and not taking responsibility for your actions. The ‘Ick’ I am going to talk about can is related to the latter two on the list of three.
Imagine there is a T.V. Show you are really excited about and are just coming up to the season finale or a movie that you’ve been dying to see but haven’t had the opportunity to. All that build up and excitement that you’ve experienced… all shot down with a single sentence.
“I can’t believe he dies in the end…”
THE UNCONTROLLABLE RAGE!
Why in the name of everything that is holy in the world, would anybody do that…?
Some people claim things like;
“Oh, I didn’t mean to say that…”
“Sorry dude, I forgot!”
“You hadn’t seen it yet… My bad…”
Not good enough. I do not accept such shitty excuses. Ignorance is not an excuse. You should be more careful when you talk about such things. Every time you even think about speaking of a spoiler, do a 360 degree check as if you were about to pull a high-risk manoeuvre on a busy inner-city junction.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, then there are the one’s who try to justify their actions or shift the blame on to you.
“Look mate, everybody does it. No big deal!”
“So and so spoilt Sixth Sense for me, I still enjoyed it…”
“Well, you should have seen it already if you didn’t want to get it spoiled.”
Jerks! How low can someone get? Just take responsibility and let me vent my frustration. You have just ruined a part of my life. You have ruined something for me that I can never get back in this lifetime. It makes me feel sick just thinking about such a thing. Why would you do that?
It doesn’t help that one of my greatest friend is the first type; feigns ignorance… And my wife the second type, who thinks it’s no big deal.
Please for the love of God, do not spoil something for a geek… It is the worst thing you can do to him/her after taking his collector’s edition action figure out of its original packaging.
It seems plain common sense to me that if you don’t want to read a spoiler, then you should not read what someone else has written about some “spoilable” art form, be it visual or written. If I write a post somewhere that I call, “The Final Chapter/Episode of XYZ”, and you haven’t read or seen that chapter/episode, you really, REALLY shouldn’t read what I have posted.
If you read it and you are spoiled, it is no one’s fault other than yours for reading it when you knew Right From The Beginning that I was writing about something that you haven’t seen.
No one has an obligation to Not write about something that you haven’t yet seen. You have the obligation to yourself to avoid spoilers if you don’t want to be spoiled.
That’s fair enough when it comes to reading up about something that you don’t want to be spoiled about. I won’t read a review and expect not to be spoiled. I be careful. I’m talking about those who drop spoilers in casual conversation. That you can’t avoid.