Regarding spoilers

[The following blog post does NOT contain spoilers]

“Lost” has two major news fan sites, DarkUFO’s multi-blog and DocArzt’s TheTailSection. The two guys who run the two sites are good friends, although they are obviously competing with each other at the same time.

DarkUFO posted last night a (potentially authentic) synopsis of what happens in the season’s last two episodes of Lost. When DocArzt saw this, he wrote a rant about how this ruins the show and how bad judgment was to post such extreme spoilers (he makes a distinction between small spoilers which he also posts sometimes, and extreme cliffhanger spoilers).

Personally, I disagree with DocArzt (and I commented on his site too). I read spoilers all the time, and they don’t ruin the show for me at all. I still watch it with the same excitement. This is not to say that there aren’t people who don’t want to read spoilers. My JBQ for example does not want to hear anything of what happens in future episodes. I bet that even the next week’s preview clip is an annoyance for him.

But we are not all the same. There are people who want to get hints of what happens, and there are people who don’t. And I respect and even understand both points of view. But having DocArzt deciding for me if there should be spoilers available on the Internet or not, that’s something I don’t agree with.

Besides, DarkUFO took all the right precautions to make sure that someone doesn’t read the spoilers by mistake. You have to be specifically looking for it and consciously deciding that you want to read it before you can actually read it. So, DocArzt’s rant felt like he didn’t want Damon and Carlton to get pissed off because of the leak (these are the two writers/producers who do read these sites and IMDb’s comments section, so they are already aware of the leak). Well, personally I don’t care what the writers think or how they feel (although Damon is hot…). If they don’t want their stuff to get leaked, they should stop sending preview episodes to TV reviewers! That’s how stuff get leaked out in the first place. Lost’s marketing push mostly happens by the fans themselves rather than these reviewers anyway.

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