The Television Spoiler Era

tvWe've entered a new era for spoilers. Twitter is primarily to blame, but others like Facebook and Reddit share fault. Allow me to explain...

In this day and age, it's not uncommon for us to watch a television program after its original airing. Breaking Bad might air 10pm on Sunday night, but I won't get to the episode until some time Monday night. In the meantime, I'm dodging spoilers left, right and centre on Twitter, Facebook and Reddit.


Spoilage is so bad and annoying that I think I may have to avoid the web between the time the Breaking Bad season finale airs on Sunday and the time I get to it next Monday. Unplugging might be the only option.

How do you avoid spoilers in The Spoiler Era?

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Two ways: don't watch tv or unplug. They are the only full-proof ways.

August 28, 2012 @ 2:54 PM


What's Twitter?


August 28, 2012 @ 3:07 PM


A healthy mix of avoiding Twitter/Facebook, and publicly shaming those who do post spoilers without warnings.

Spoiler: The new M&M color is blue.

August 28, 2012 @ 4:42 PM


I learned my lesson during the great internet troll... "snape kills dumbledore".

So when a book, movie or television show comes out where spoilers could ruin the experience I just avoid social media and internet forums untill I am able to watch it.

YouTube is the worst by the way...don't watch any videos related to the show you don't want spoiled ever. YouTube comments are filled with the biggest trolls on planet earth.

August 28, 2012 @ 5:47 PM


Twitter is one social medium I have absolutely zero time for. There is nothing compelling me to sign up, and I don't think I'm missing out on anything. It's been the easiest thing to resist. I don't think the spoiler thing is as widespread on FB, so its simply not an issue for me.

August 28, 2012 @ 6:38 PM


@Corey - if nothing else, Twitter is a great search engine. You don't have to interact with the network to gain insight you won't get anywhere else.

August 28, 2012 @ 7:20 PM


I won't care much in the case of Breaking Bad- jumped the shark last season, unfortunatley.

August 28, 2012 @ 8:18 PM

Blind Dave

I'm pretty lucky in this regard because there is so very little tv (or movies) I'm interested in. At the moment, I watch QI (a BBC panel show), a small handful of nature/animal shows, CTV News, and occasionally The Passionate Eye. Hardly anything in there worth spoiling!

I do read a few blogs, obviously, but I have no use for Facebook or Twitter.

August 28, 2012 @ 10:57 PM

Mike from Lowville

I have all the previous episodes. Have not watched one yet and I don't know the story line yet. I wonder why?

August 29, 2012 @ 6:45 AM


This is just one more thing where the internet has ruined it for everyone.
A few friends of mine and I were talking about all the things that the internet has 'ruined' (OK, I am not blaming the internet directly, but I think you'll see what I mean).
-Music (look at sales)
-Magazines (again, look at the magazines that are starting to fold)
-Video Games (too many illegal burns)
-'Spoilers' (see above)
-Porn (seriously, the fun of porn used to be in the hunt, and how it was hard to get when you were under 19...well, thats a non-issue now).

Having said that, I can't imagine living in a word with out the 'net anymore.

August 29, 2012 @ 8:43 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Corey - Agreed...twitter is the most useless internet tool I've ever heard of, all it does is give people the impression that anyone cares what they had on their sandwitch today....

As far as avoiding spoilers goes...don't go looking for information, and you won't find it...if you people on twitter are the ones ruining it for you...stop using twitter. If you can't detach from twitter for a day or 2, you have bigger problems than your show being spoiled

#twitter sucks!!!!!

August 29, 2012 @ 10:16 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Mississauga Phil

I think you're using Twitter wrong!

August 29, 2012 @ 11:52 AM


@Mike - I'm a Twitter skeptic. Sell me on it.

August 29, 2012 @ 1:24 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Firstly, Twitter is only as good as the people you follow. I follow three groups of people:

1. People I know in the real world.
2. Pundits / media folks / journalists / bloggers who link to interesting things and have opinions on interesting subjects
3. Like-minded people I don't know in the real world but consider virtual pals

I use Twitter Lists to make it easy - so if I only have five minutes, I'll just visit list #1. If I have more time, I'll check the stream with everyone I follow.

Except for group #1, I'm pretty fickle. Too many tweets about what you had for breakfast and I unfollow and try following someone new.

When everything is humming, I have a real-time view into the city, nation and world's Zeitgeist. I can't watch live sports any more without this additional context. And being able to reply and interact makes it my absolute favourite of the social media services.

I'd be happy to give up Facebook or Google+ or LinkedIn, but I don't want to give up Twitter. It's been too fun for four years now.

August 29, 2012 @ 1:33 PM


Sorry Mike, Anonymous was me. I'm still not sold on Twitter. It seems to me like incessant chatter. I'm just not that interested in hearing everyone's thoughts on every subject, especially people trying to be witty, or profound who aren't either. The thought of not being able to watch live sports without it horrifies me.
I was a late comer to FaceBook, but I actually find it useful in terms of keeping in contact with actual friends, sharing photos, etc. But I don't "Like" companies, or friend people I don't know, or install any apps. I'm happy keeping things as de-cluttered as possible.
Anyway, glad you like it. TO each their own.

August 29, 2012 @ 7:14 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ Mike - I'm not using Twitter at all.....

August 29, 2012 @ 8:09 PM

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