Wow. Just wow (but not in a good way). So the first part of the two part storyline for the Season Finale of Doctor Who released over the weekend and it contained three MASSIVE revelations (i.e., spoilers to the story). Do you know that I was “spoiled” on 2 of the 3 spoilers by people on YouTube?
Now, you know me, when I “review” something on this blog, I go out of my way to give “impressions” rather than actual “specifics” in order not to ruin the experience for others. I HATE spoilers, unless I go looking for them. What makes the spoilers for Doctor Who so onerous is that I didn’t want to be spoiled. I avoided looking at the “Coming Next Week” portion of the show (this is the first season I’ve actively avoided it), just so that I would have no clue as to what was coming next.
I’m trying to figure out the reasons (rhetorical) why someone would choose to be a part of the “spoiler” culture. I understand that there are a group of people who get enjoyment for ruining things for others–but that’s not the sense that I get from the YouTuber who put the “spoiler” in the “thumbnail” for her video. I had no choice to get spoiled because she put a spoiler not inside her video, but on the outside wrapping (as it were) to get people to click on it and watch her video (no, I do not subscribe to this person’s videos, but YouTube so “helpfully” put her video in my “recommended” feed, not recognizing that her thumbnail gave me way more of the story than I wanted).
I don’t think there was any malice in her video, but a kind of unthinking blindness to the fact that while you may know and want to discuss the story (before it is released), others just want to watch the story and then discuss afterwards. I don’t want to paint her as just an unthinking fan (she did put the spoiler) in the thumbnail image for the video, so there was some forethought in the matter, but I think it was more of “isn’t this so cool,” rather than “I know more than you,” type of thought.
Either way, however, knowing ahead of time really blunted my enjoyment of this week’s episode (made worse that it wasn’t me who went looking for it). I knew who the villain was and was able to make the deduction of what was going on about twenty seconds too early and figured out two of the three big reveals too early. Not sure how I’m going to dodge the season finale’s spoilers, but starting next Thursday I may have to go on media blackout. It’s pretty bad that it has come to this just to avoid knowing what’s going to happen in a story.
People always talk about the advantages of social media, but they never mention the disadvantages. I remember when social media (or The Web 2.0 as pundits called back in 2010) was supposed to revolutionize the web. Well, if this is the revolution, then I want to revolt against the revolution.