This is kind of a random post with 2 topics that don’t really go together. But this is my blog and I can do that if I want… 😉
Any reader to my blog knows I have struggled for years with insomnia. Pretty much my whole life but it’s been particularly bad the last 3 years at times leaving me with little to no sleep for days at a time. This can be very stressful and mentally debilitating.
Since 2012 I’ve tried everything from sleep labs to to medicine to psychoanalysis to solve the problem with nothing really providing any complete solutions. This has led to my latest solution- stop caring so much! I’ve decided recently to just go to sleep when I need to sleep and enjoy the time I am awake.
Naturally I still have to work in the morning but I’ve also stopped planning anything if I can help it before 9 am. I used to think ‘oh, i can do it just this once’ and then I would end up not being able to show up for a swim or being late to where I was going. (Sorry friends I’ve stood up in the past).
Anyway, since I made this decision I have been happier and less stressed over my sleeping issues. We’ll see how it goes but for the moment it is working. It also helps me be less dependent on sleep medications, which are very tempting but only work for a brief period of time and then they fail spectacularly.
So if you notice me posting late or engaged on social media at 4 in the morning don’t be surprised, I’ve surrendered to the Sleep Godss. If you can’t beat them, stop fighting!
And now to my totally unrelated rant.
I want to talk for a second about spoilers. This has been a topic that has annoyed me for some time but I haven’t found a way to work it into the blog, so here goes…
Since I became more involved with twitter last year it seems there never goes a day where I don’t hear someone crying ‘spoiler alert’ over a tweet, video or facebook status. As annoying as it can be to have something spoiled I am finding these protests to be even more annoying.
First, let’s define what a true spoiler is. That is where a key plot development is uttered before you have the chance to view said entertainment. For years this was only a sports phenomenon (mainly due to the fact that VCR’s weren’t popularized until the early 80s). So, if you knew you were going to be out for the big game, you’d record it and hope that nobody told you the score/big plays. If someone did that would be a spoiler.
However, even then a spoiler would not have been someone telling you how the weather was or who played in the game. It would also not be a spoiler if someone said ‘that was a good game’. Such a comment is so broad that it could mean good defense, offense, refereeing whatever.
So, let’s move up to modern times. Social media is everywhere and a huge part of our everyday life. This gives great potential for spoilers.
That said, just as wildly accessible and obvious details about a sporting event are not a spoiler back in the day, neither is it now. If I tell you that Toby McGuire or Daniel Radcliffe is in a movie, that is not a spoiler. If I say Michael Phelps swam in a race, that is not a spoiler.
It is also not a spoiler if something has occurred with enough of a time-lapse for most people to enjoy it. There has to be a time limit on spoilers. An example from literature would be Dumbledore dieing in Harry Potter. Giving that away when the book was released, major spoiler. Talking about it now that movies have come out and it’s been years, not a spoiler any more! I mean at a certain point I’m allowed to talk about Vader being Luke’s father. It can’t be a spoiler forever…
During the Olympics this was especially annoying. I get not wanting to know events before the primetime broadcast but if it happened yesterday and we’ve moved on to the next day of competition I’m allowed to talk about yesterday’s events.
On facebook the US Olympic team would post photos of victorious Olympians and it never failed to get hundreds of spoiler comments. Urgh…so annoying.If you don’t want to know what happens to the US Olympic team during the Olympics than unfollow them for 2 weeks and don’t be spoiled. I mean what are they supposed to do pretend like we didn’t win anything until everyone has a chance to watch it? Then people would be complaining they are ignoring our Olympians.
The other thing is that part of the fun of watching events these days is sharing them with a social media group of fellow fans. For example, If you know I always tweet about Survivor, do not read my tweets Wednesday night and then be mad at me for spoiling. I am not going to put Spoiler Alert before every Survivor tweet. That’s just obnoxious.
I feel like the Spoiler Alert Kings are simply finding one more thing to complain about. Sometimes part of being a grown up is not being surprised any more. Sometimes we know what is going to happen but we have to find a way to enjoy the experience any way. I personally am someone who is almost impossible to spoil. In fact, I am quite the opposite. At times I enjoy knowing what’s going to happen because I can relax and just enjoy the game/movie/whatever.
Other times I like the suspense of not knowing what is going to happen. I was grateful nobody told me about the twist in Sixth Sense or the surprise at the beginning of Phantom of the Opera (the stage production). Both of those scenes are obvious to most human beings as spoilers and most people at least make an effort not to spoil them. If they do, again take a grown up pill and enjoy it anyway.
It is also not a spoiler if it is a detail that any non-idiot should know. For instance, it is not a spoiler to say that 12 Years a Slave is about a person who is a slave for 12 years. It’s getting to the point where you can’t talk about anything in an intelligent way because you are so afraid of spoiling it.
Using 12 Years a Slave as an example- when I wrote my review I gave a spoiler warning at the beginning because I went into detail about characters, motivations, settings, and scenes. That alert was appropriate but again I think any rational person knows the difference between the types of analysis. If I tell you the ending of Inception and we discuss it that deserves a spoiler. However, if I merely say the movie is good and I liked the ending, that the ending surprised me, that is not a spoiler.
So, in conclusion spoilers are a part of life, so work around it. Stop complaining, be a grown up and enjoy the entertainment spoiler or not.
There I said it! 🙂