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back of the napkin #76

spoiler boys

Infinity2One of the downsides of working in a office of technical types is that there are many who are "fanboys" of modern pop culture. They seem to know everything about everything and are not shy about sharing from their wealth of accumulated facts and their bottomless reservoir of opinions.

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Case in point - the highly anticipated Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War movie was recently released. It begins to resolve the over 10 year story arc that began with the first Iron Man movie in 2008. In the course of all of these movies and characters there were constant references to powerful stones called Infinity Stones created at the big bang of the universe.

It is a good movie and concludes with -- well I won't be like the office fanboys and spoil it for my readers. It's best that they see it for themselves.

But upon returning to the office the Monday after I had seen the movie, I guessed right that the office fanboys would be chattering about the movie, their theories about what's next, blah, blah, blah. And like other occasions, people talking about a movie seem to have no filter installed that reminds them that not everyone has seen the film and so would not be aware of the story's end. So they "spoil" the movie and just blab on and on about the movie and their thoughts.

I'm noticing that the fanboys have few of their own original thoughts - they read spoilers from somewhere else and then try and pawn them off as their own. So not cool...

For me, I try not to spoil things for others. I don't want to rob them of the joy of discovery that comes from such media revelations (books, films, recordings, etc.). I still remember how the world encountered international spoiling when a few disrespectful people speed read Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and then went on a vendetta to spoil the ending of the book to the world by loudly broadcasting the pivotal event in the book's final chapters.

It is sad that people are so ignorant and disrespectful that they will do such things. But that seems to be the way of many now. Ego overrules respect and thoughtfulness; a person would rather promote themselves than protect the delights of others. The age of social robbers is alive and well.

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