When is it OK to Spoil?

Friday, May 25, 2012


People who watch TV when it actually airs and blab about it online can ruin it for those of us who watch shows at our leisure. Their excited Twitter chatter about the great twist in last night’s Mad Men is frustrating if you haven’t yet watched last night’s Mad Men. New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum is a prolific tweeter who began grappling with this problem after Twitter users complained about a phenomenon they called Nussbombing. She talks to Brooke about her evolving system of spoiler etiquette.


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Comments [5]

R. Michael Litchfield from Eugene

Instant spoilers are really only a phenomenon of the very small segment of the online world who use twitter. Sure it's possible to spoil on facebook or one of the other social networks but they are so much more time flexible that it just doesn't happen as much. The only spoilers I see often on FB are when someone wins some sort of sports game that everyone is watching and that's just the nature of the beast.

May. 31 2012 03:07 AM

I really appreciate On the Media for the analysis and commentary on current events & pop media. But I need to take issue with part of the interview on when it is acceptable to reveal spoiler information. I was a bit put off by Emily Nussbaum trashing NBC's Broadway drama Smash. I love a lot of different types of shows, especially the ones that make me think & analyze. (I enjoyed Lost & currently enjoy Mad Men.) But occasionally there's a show with no redeeming qualities to the world that gives me a lot of pleasure. Am I the only person watching TV that truly enjoyed Smash? I'm tired of the so-called intellectuals trashing the show! Some dolt from TV Guide just took issue with the final show of the season. So what's the big deal? Why were Desparate Housewives & other nighttime soaps cutting edge, but Smash is a waste of time?

Is it so wrong to yearn for a drama that doesn't murder/torture characters? Or blow up things? Or force people to watch football/basketball/baseball/NASCAR/golf? Or put reality show participants into humiliating or totally stupid scenarios? Smash is like no other show on TV today & I'm happy to know they've been renewed for one more season.

May. 28 2012 01:16 PM
bill Palen from Denver, Colorado

I'm sorry, but the Emily Nussbaum interview was not worth hearing, I really don't think anything she said had any meaning, value or continuity; she did demonstrate how a person can become confused and incomprehensible by watching too much TV. Truly, chewing gum for the ears...

May. 27 2012 07:47 PM
Jeffrey Park from Munich, Germany

Rosebud was a sled?!? Jeez, thanks a lot...

May. 26 2012 06:36 AM
chascates from Taylor, Texas

I post this here not because of this particular story but because of how great this entire show was and generally is. As someone who doesn't have cable TV and only occasionally watches video (PBS via the tuner on my computer monitor and the first segments of Jon Stewart online) I'm so glad I can HEAR (via the internet) the critical analysis of the media this show provides. I almost wish I could watch the shows mentioned this week but I'm just glad others do and find value in them. What I always find value in is the reporting here and how Bob, Brooke, and many of the guests seem like people I'd like to have sitting in my living room. Just as long as they don't mind NOT watching television!

May. 25 2012 11:23 PM

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