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Jeremy Butler <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 12 Jul 1994 16:33:25 CDT
Message of Mon, 11 Jul 1994 14:09:11 EDT from <[log in to unmask]>
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On Mon, 11 Jul 1994 14:09:11 EDT Stephen Brophy said:
>  Is it too much to ask that people discussing movies in current
>release either do not reveal the plot, or only do so after issuing a
>"spoiler" warning?  That's the habit mostly adhered to on other lists
>in which I participate.
I feel a bit divided on the spoiler issue, Stephen.  Since SCREEN-L
encourages discussion of film/TV from the perspective of persons
who have seen the films/TV programs in question rather than as a consumer
guide for persons thinking of viewing the films/programs, it seems like
just about every post about a film/program will contain information
that could "spoil" the film/program.  (Man, that was a convoluted
In other words, the posts here are more commonly like an essay in
a film/TV journal (which presumes you've seen the film/program) than
a review in a magazine/newspaper/SNEAK PREVIEWS-type show (which
presumes you haven't).
So, spoiler posts are probably much more common than non-spoilers.
And, to me, that makes sense.  Thus, perhaps readers should expect
a spoiler and steer clear of posts on films/programs they don't
want spoiled.
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