How to Live Spoiler-Free in a Spoiler-Filled World

This morning my Facebook feed was one gigantic spoiler about The Night of the Doctor.  While I don’t blame people for their enthusiasm – because Lord knows I’m still pinching myself to make sure I’m not dreaming – but I do wish I had been able to watch the minisode without prior knowledge.

Fueled by the rise of social media, spoilers have become a means of generating buzz, essentially a form of advertising.  They’re not going to go away.  So what’s a spoiler-phobe to do?  Here are some simple suggestions.

Decide if you really want to go spoiler-free.  It’s not easy to do, especially if you’re uncomfortable with other people knowing things you don’t.

Inform others of your spoiler-free stance in advance.  And keep reminding them as necessary.  Most people will be respectful of your choice.

Limit your internet and social media exposure.  Yep, you’re going to have to unplug for awhile.  Think of it as a chance to catch up on all those Big Finish audios.

Accept the inevitability of spoilers.  Unless you gouge out your eyes, you’re probably going to see spoiler-ish headlines and photos.  Don’t sweat it.

And now if you’ll excuse me, I’m crawling back under my rock until The Day of the Doctor arrives.

Sharon Essex

Sharon loves Doctor Who, waterfalls, British accents, autumn, and chocolate. She lives with two demanding cats and a large collection of books and lightsabers. Her hobbies include blogging, blinking and breathing in and out.

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