WrapChat: The Great TV Spoiler Debate, Taking on Internet Trolls (Video)

In the newest episode of TheWrap's talk series, our panel takes on the controversial topic of spoilers on the web

In the age of social media and TV binge viewing, series like Netflix's “House of Cards” has taken the longstanding, heated spoiler debate to even greater extremes.

For example:

“Wait, don't talk about the Episode 5 of ‘Orange is the New Black,’ I haven't caught up yet!” (Two months after it has been available)

“Don't spoil ‘Lost’ or ‘Twin Peaks'! I still plan to binge watch” (Years after each series is off the air)

“East Coast, don't spoil ‘Scandal’ for the West Coast — Don't Tweet or Facebook about it until tomorrow!”

Are these TV spoiler requests completely acceptable or totally insane? And what exactly are the new rules for spoilers as they pertain to TV media and TV viewers alike?

In the second episode of WrapChat, our new talk series, executive editor Joseph Kapsch, senior TV writer Jethro Nededog and blogger/reporters L.A. Ross and Greg Gilman take on these questions – and the internet trolls head on.

Watch the videos (Part I above first, please) then Part II below:

  • IHATESPOILERS

    I don't care what your view is about spoilers… Bottom line: RESPECT the people who don't want to hear spoilers. Otherwise, you're an asshole. It's common courtesy, people.

  • David Perkins

    In this day and age, one must assume that TV viewers (who also have online access) are largely adults — previous comments not withstanding. Personally, I am a TV fanatic and a serious binge watcher when the opportunity presents itself. I subscribe to various entertainment ‘news’ sites (none as great as The Wrap, blah, blah). I also subscribe to Netflix and Hulu Plus, and I might add Amazon soon.

    Some of the entertainment ‘news’ sites I view regularly post spoilers (marked or unmarked) about upcoming TV episodes. So what? I find that it is incredibly easy to avoid spoilers, simply by ignoring those posts that contain them. Duh.

    I love that Netflix makes an entire season of a show available at one time — it gives me the option to binge watch or not. It also gives me the opportunity to behave as an adult and avoid online posts that might spoil any of it.

    In short, I don't fault any lame social media or website that lives by posting spoilers. They can, and will, do what they do. As as adult with complete freedom of choice, I can easily avoid them. Jethro, I think I agree with your position entirely.