I want to have a discussion here about spoilers and spoiler alerts in our society.
When is it socially acceptable to post or talk about things online about television shows, movies, or live events?
So I'm watching Big Brother last night and SPOILER ALERT they have a live Head of Household competition and Bridgette ends up winning. She's an interesting person to win HoH because her gameplan seems to be she wants to be friendly with everyone on make no enemies in the house. So she wins HoH and I'm immediately taken aback because when I start thinking of how the week could play out I realize I have no idea who I think she'll nominate. She can't nominate her teammates (Frank, Paulie, Michelle), if I were her I don't think I'd try to evict females since they are running the house, she's not enemies with Paul or want him out to my knowledge, and James seems to likeable for her to target. So that leaves Corey? But he's aligned slightly with Nicole, so does she stop that? I literally had no idea how Bridgette winning HoH affects the house.
So I wanted to go to Twitter and post something about that and get some people's thoughts but I didn't because I was worried some people would have the episode on DVR and not be able to watch it yet. I didn't want to spoil it for them, not that it was a big moment by any means, but it's always more exciting to me at least to watch something unfold if you don't already know the outcome. But then, it's me who doesn't get to experience the show the way I want to with social interactions just to appease people who didn't watch it live. So again, "When is it socially acceptable to post or talk about things online about television shows, movies, or live events?"
Is there a socially acceptable waiting period? Do I have to wait 12 or 24 hours to talk about what happened on TV shows so I don't ruin it for someone else? What about movies, is that a week? Two weeks? Live sports I feel like we are at the point where it's socially acceptable to tweet as it happens. Following Twitter during live sporting events is almost as exciting and entertaining as the game or match itself. Social media has really increased my enjoyment level in watching live sports, whether its the insights and opinions from other people or the array of jokes. And when a big sports moment happens and your feed is filling with people reacting, it's great.
But you don't get that much with TV shows. People don't want ruin it for someone who has it taped. They don't want to spoil that Game of Thrones finale for someone who hasn't seen it.
My opinion on the issue: Spoil away. Treat live TV shows like live sporting events. I don't think someone can be too upset about having something spoiled from them on SOCIAL media. If you don't want something spoiled for you, don't get on a site designed for people to share their thoughts and opinions about things, especially popular things that may interest you at the time like TV shows or movies. I get that Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and all forms of social media have became a regular part of all our lives but it's still your choice to get on a social website or not. If you get on, I think you are choosing to expose yourself to new information.
That's my opinion but I'm not sure that's the "socially accepted" opinion. Since it's not, I decided against posting last night about the Big Brother outcome, even if it wasn't a huge event. But I don't think I was right. I think I should have posted about it to increase my viewing experience and interact with other people and get their thoughts.
Not sure if everyone has seen this yet but there is a new diner in Chicago that is a replica of The Max from Saved by the Bell. It's apparently a "pop-up" diner. Not exactly sure what that means but I think it's a building that a couple of guys made into a small restaurant designed to celebrate Saved by the Bell. Apparently it was only suppose to be up for a limited time but had so much success that they are extending their stay until at least the end of the year. (Sidenote: I don't know why you would originally plan on going through all that work just to be open for a couple months. I'd assume a lot of money went into making a replica from the 1990s)
This is a place I gotta go see. I'm 30 years old right now so Saved by the Bell was a huge part of my childhood. Zach, Kelly, Slater, Screech, Lisa, Jessie, Belding, Tuttle, Ox, Tori, Max, Mr. Dewey, Ms. Bliss, Mr. Testeverde, Violet, Nerdstrom...I loved 'em all. I loved the College Years and even the first season with Ms. Bliss. Such a big part of my childhood. If anyone's been there let me know what it's like. The pictures I've seen make it look like it's pretty close to the scenery on the show, maybe just a little tighter and sectioned off. So not identical but enough to give you a good feel of it.
I'd like to go sometime this summer but it sounds like reservations fill up quickly. I went to their website to check and they aren't even accepting reservations for groups of 2. It's got to be 3 or more. Which will make it tough for my wife and I to go to. Their Twitter account says they normally take a limited number or walk-ups some days but Chicago is a long trip for small chance to get in. They are also trying some sack-lunches or quick brunches just to give people and opportunity to come in and experience the place, so hopefully that continues to grow and be a frequent option for folks.
Anyways, it looks like a neat spot. If anyone's been there already or planning to go let me know how it is. I'm really interested about this place.
I don't normally get too political or too serious on this blog or on my social media accounts. And really don't plan to here either. But what happened last night in Dallas was not good. And this violence and mass shootings we have had in the US have become way too common of a trend over the past decade. And I don't have the answer to the problem. I'm not sure anyone does. It's not a gun problem, it's not a race problem. It's a people problem.
We've become a society filled with people more concerned with "me" and not "us". We're too self-absorbed, we're too concerned about ourselves. Hell I'm as guilty of this as anyone. I have 8 different Twitter accounts and one is literally just me posting selfies. I literally posted a selfie of myself everyday for a year (@YearofSelfies). And everyone has a way to get their voices, opinions, thoughts, complaints out to the world now. For better, for worse. It just seems that it's easier to negative thoughts or hate out to the world. Maybe it's just me getting older and being exposed to more myself. But if people don't like something anymore, it's easy to get that opinion out there. And when people express things they dislike, it can tend to be in a hateful tone. Hate and negativity seem to me to be more prevalent than it's ever been.
And it seems to me in 2016 a trend has occurred now when we have these horrific events. People gather a little bit of information about the event, post a tweet or a status update saying your prayers are with the victims or saying we need to change something, we change our profile pic to some support logo or ribbon for a couple days, and then move on to something else. Nothing sticks, nothing prolongs. We make an effort to look like we care and then continue on with our lives. And I may be an ass for saying this but I think even part of that falls into the "look at me" culture in the world today. "I better post something about this to show everyone how thoughtful I am or how much this affects me or how compassionate I am." That's probably another argument for another day. And again, it's probably hypocritical for me to bring this up because I really don't know what the solution is. Or if there even is one.
I just hope someone smarter than me figures it out because I really don't see how it gets better before it gets worse. We are quickly approaching election season and this is going to be one of the most hateful, angry election seasons of all time. It's started all ready. A lot of the people talking about spreading love and praying for each other on social media right now are going to be the same people bashing candidates and people who support those candidates. We are going to spread love right now until it's time to spread hate again. Republicans will hate the Deomcrats and the Democrats will hate the Republicans and Americans will hate Americans. And hate will spread to more hate. And I'm not saying one thing correlates to another; that hateful, angry political tweets lead to mass shootings. It doesn't. But it doesn't help our society either. Let's find ways to come together.