by CODY DRAPER, Staff Writer
A few weeks ago in one of my classes, I had a relatively simple experience that aggravated me.
It was a long night class, and our professor gives us a short break in the middle. We were in said break, and as I was sitting at my desk wishing I had brought something to eat, I couldn’t help but overhear a conversation two of my classmates were having.
Seated several seats away from me, and in perfectly normal speaking voices, they were discussing the show “Game of Thrones.” In less than five minutes, they (not at all quietly) brought up basically every major story twist the show has had. I haven’t seen the show, although I have read the books it is adapted from, so I knew everything they were talking about. Still, I listened with growing disbelief with one thing on my mind. Guys, spoilers!
Spoilers are an interesting and rather modern concept. Although they have pretty much existed for as long as stories have, the significance of ruining someone’s story experience is a newer phenomenon. The rise and spread of more types of media, and especially the rise of the Internet have contributed to this. Nowadays you have to avoid social media like the plague if you aren’t watching something live. Good luck not finding out who died on the latest episode of “Game of Thrones” if you use the Internet, or possibly even go out in public.
This is a pet peeve of mine that gets under my skin. Most people don’t want to be spoiled when it comes to something they care about (there are some exceptions, you weirdos). I am particularly bothered by spoilers. It is so bad that I often avoid trailers out of fear of learning too much ahead of time. If I accidentally spoil myself, I’ll get really upset; if you spoil something for me, I’ll get really irate.
I take great care not to spoil something for someone unless they explicitly ask me about it. Otherwise, I will keep my trap shut. It’s just the right thing to do, and I expect other people to do the same thing. It’s like the golden rule: treat others how you want to be treated. If you wouldn’t want something spoiled for you, take care to not do the same for other people. Even if spoilers mean nothing to you, please be considerate of other people.