Ahh, gather around my online friends and harken back to the good old days of yore, when at work or in the hallways of school, we all happily chitter chatted about last night's episode of Happy Days, or Dallas or MacGyver, or 21 Jump Street.....
Modern technology has completely ruined that. Now we have to resort to talking about boring things like politics, world events, weather disasters, or even worse WORK OR SCHOOL!!!!!
Ok, levity aside, we are living in the DVR and DVD age, and as polite members of society, we need to remember that people do record or purchase, and watch movies and shows at their convenience. So it is almost like new etiquette rules need to be set for the 21st century.
For instance, what timeline needs to be set to be able to talk freely about a popular television show? One day, one week, one month after first airing? Or never? Or is it incumbent upon the delayed viewers to avoid any discussion of said show, either online or otherwise?
I actually got caught up in one of these types of discussions quite recently For years I have been a member of a forum that discusses a British serial that airs five times a week. The members of the forum are predominantly, but not exclusively, Canadian. The show had historically in Canada run months behind the British episodes. So the forum was moderated quite strictly insomuch as *Spoiler* notifications HAD to be displayed prominently by anyone was privy to and posting about current British episodes.
Well things have evolved and now Canada is only a week or two behind Britain. I had not visited the site for a few months, and when I returned I noticed that quite a few people were being lax about remembering to slap on the spoiler notification. So, I innocently posed a question about whether the spoiler rules had changed. Well, the kerfuffle that then ensued was insane!!
Everybody seemed to wade in. There were the folks who said that because there was such a small timeline now between new eppies and Canadian ones, that we could just all 'suck it up Buttercup', and if we did not like getting spoilers than stay off the site. Then there was the other side, who stated that whether it be months, weeks or days, it was still not cool to discuss episodes that had not yet been aired in Canada.
The whole thing got really silly and quite bombastic, and no consensus was ever reached. There are still people who faithfully paste on the *spoiler* notification, and others who don't. For me when I visit the site now, I just do that squinty read thing, where you can usually discern that someone's post is going to contain content you don't want to know about, so you can skip on down.