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Statute of Limitations?

I have a question... what's the time limit on "spoilers"? 

I started watching Lost last year some time.  I caught the pilot in syndication at 2 am one night and had to watch.  So I started catching up via ABC.com's wonderful, free HD streaming episode viewer.  

I stopped somewhere in the middle of season 3.  With the final season airing now, I want to catch up and watch the last season as it unfolds so I can engage in conversation about it.  I watched TEN episodes yesterday and was positing stuff in my Facebook status updates, which I have since deleted.

Two people took issue with my doing of this.  One doesn't watch the show though she thinks she might, at some point in the future.  Another has seen earlier seasons but is still behind where I am.  This second person sent me a very snippy message on Facebook telling me to stop posting spoilers.

Now, I will give that I am the type of person that spoiler type info doesn't ruin my enjoyment of a movie or show.  It doesn't bother me in the slightest to know what's going to happen.  

I replied to the snipstress that the stuff I was saying was neither major plot points nor new information on the new episodes, the stuff I was posting was from 2005 and 2006.  Four year old information.  I thought she was being unreasonable, but whatever, I would contain my excitement and stop.

Now, I devour media, it's impossible not to.  I read a lot, every day.  I see info about Lost all over the place.  It's pop culture.  It's in jokes and asides.  I think it's a little unreasonable to expect that no one is going to discuss or mention things that happened on a TV show four years ago in any forum where someone might read it.  And to get snippy about it, well, frankly, it really pissed me off.

So I ask, and be honest, what's the statute of limitations on what can be considered a "spoiler"? 



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Feb. 4th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm. I sort of think you're both right. On one hand, I think anything over a season old is fair game (like, I wouldn't go posting stuff from last season yet, but two seasons ago is OK). On the other hand, it sucks to come across spoiler info somewhere where you don't have the option of avoiding it (like a FB status update). I don't think she has the right to be snippy about four-year-old information, though - the most she could do is send you a nice message explaining and asking for you to not be so spoilery. Or she could just hide you on FB, which seems a lot easier to me.
Feb. 5th, 2010 02:26 am (UTC)
IMHO: About a week. After that, it's the person-who-doesn't-want-to-know's job to keep ears closed.
Feb. 7th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
Ha ha! I don't even watch that show, so I wouldn't care. People should lighten up and realize it's just a t.v. show.
Feb. 7th, 2010 02:46 am (UTC)
ETA: I do wonder about similar things however when telling people about great films. As a result, I tend to just keep my recs short, simple, and don't say much about the plot. Instead I'll say, "The cinemetography and acting was amazing in [insert film title] and I think you would really enjoy it because [insert more info that doesn't give away plot]!"
Feb. 9th, 2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
Forever! lol jk I would definitely recommend an lj cut for things like that though, because yeah people freak out. It's like you killed their first born or something. I love Lost. It's my favorite show. I didn't watch when it first came on, but when they were showing the season one finale there was nothing else on tv so I watched it. It was so good and I didn't even know who anyone was. lol Thankfully, after that they started the season one reruns from the beginning and I was hooked.
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