Contributing writer for The Artifice.
Junior Contributor I
How Does "Spoiler Culture" Impact Our Ability To Interact with Media
Explore the rise of "spoiler culture" – especially in relation to TV shows and movies – looking at its current prevalence in society, possible origins, and perhaps some famous/infamous instances of "spoilers" as a preface to how "spoiler culture" impacts an audience’s interaction with the work and fellow audience members.
i.e. inability to any longer freely engage in the discussion of a work, whether that inability to discuss effects the way people process that work, isolating one’s self from others to avoid spoilers (to the point even of limiting one’s social media)
Might be interesting as well to see if "spoiler culture" persists within well known material. For instance, are people less concerned with spoilers when consuming media of a historical nature like WW2 movies?
Supernatural sees Sam and Dean brought back from the dead numerous times and the first few actually carried, in my opinion, emotional weight. But as the series went on the resurrections had less and less time between them until they’re being brought back before the credits even roll on that very episode.
Its hard to be invested not only because it makes the story predictable but it takes away one of the main connecting points of character an audience, the fact that we all owe life a death.
I think the unpredictable nature of the show is one of the things that makes it so great – too many movies and shows can be plotted out on a minute by minute basis – but i never considered that its unpredictability and jarring moments might be Brechtian in nature. I look forward to re-watching it with that in mind!
I’ve always disliked the idea that movies are only narratives and so your article about the poetic nature and more thoughtful or thematic approach that films can take was, for me, a breath of fresh air.
I did find it curious though that you left out editing as a relevant cinematic technique. And that you didn’t touch on documentary, which offers it’s own version of more poetic filmmaking.