Last week, like most everyone in my Twitter feed, I watched “Downton Abbey” when it was on at 8 p.m. Central Time. It was a dramatic, emotional episode and watching it with Twitter was all kinds of fun. In fact, there’s a lot of event TV I like to watch with Twitter — elections, award-shows, and the State of the Union address.
It’s the same kind of fun I imagine people who tweet incessantly during certain Sports! events have, except the Sports!-watchers don’t have to put up with the whiners.
The whiners are the people who get their undies tied into a million knots because people are “spoiling” the TV show they can’t watch until some other time that is different than when the majority of the people in their social media networks watch it.
I get that it can be a bummer to have the dramatic reveal of a show spoiled. It’s happened to all of us. In fact, I accidentally stumbled upon a major “Downton Abbey” spoiler simply by googling the spelling of a name. I did not, however, bitch about how Google should edit all their search results as to not spoil my TV watching enjoyment.
Sadly, not everyone is as responsible as I am. In fact, a lot of people think you should still your spoilery fingers lest you ruin something for them. Yes, they think the entirety of the Internet should shut it until they can watch the TV show du jour, whatever it might be.
Last week, during the height of the whining, I tweeted this:
Internet we need to agree that if you’re not watching a TV show live, the onus is on you, the non watcher, to avoid the spoilers. Right?
— Jodi Chromey (@jodiwilldare) January 28, 2013
And lo! were there many feelings about spoilers. Many agreed, that it is the responsibility of the non-watcher to avoid spoilers, but there were just as many who were insulted at the idea. Those were the same people who were full of whine last night.
Apparently it is selfish to not think of the people who might not be able to watch the TV show when it’s on but have plans to do so at some later date. Apparently you are supposed to know these things ahead of time. Apparently it is not at all selfish to think the Internet should bow to your schedule and desires and stifle all conversation until anyone who might actually want to watch a TV show has had a chance to watch said TV show.
Bullshit. Also, Laura Palmer was killed by her dad. So suck on that, you big baby.
The onus is on you to avoid spoilers if you don’t want your TV shows spoiled. I will ‘spoiler alert’ the hell out of a movie or book, because I realize people come to those at different times, but TV? That’s fair game once the show has aired in its allotted time slot.
Is avoiding spoilers a giant pain the ass? Yes. I know because I have to avoid most of the Internet on Sunday nights when “Mad Men” is on because I know I can’t watch it until Monday. It is a sacrifice I am willing to make because I love “Mad Men” and I’m an adult with free will who can turn off Twitter and avoid Facebook if I so choose.
I wish the whiners would realize that too. It’s not against the law to turn off Twitter or Facebook for a night. In fact, maybe if you’re being a big crybaby about a TV show being ruined because of social media, you should step away for awhile.