I make a habit of falling behind on my reading. And by my personal standard, October 24 is not really all that bad.
So it’s appropriate that I’m getting to this little gem from the New York Times Magazine – about the importance of timeliness – only two months late. Specifically, Dan Kois writes:
It’s truly time to start thinking about the twists and turns of your favorite TV program the way you think about news and sports. Twitter is a big room full of people who are interested in the same stuff as you. So the statute of limitations for spoilers on Twitter is, for all intents and purposes, zero minutes zero seconds… We’re having a conversation over here, and if you yell at us about it, then you’re the spoiler.
The reason I take exception to this is not because someone once ruined a TV show for me on Twitter – hasn’t happened. And Kois has a point: If you don’t want to know what happens on TV before you turn it on, Twitter is probably not the safest place to hang out. But it’s telling that the only reason he can imagine someone wouldn’t watch a show precisely when it first airs – and becomes available for commentary – is a lack of attention or interest.
Welcome to America, Mr. Kois: We have time zones.
So please, do the rest of us a favor and stay in yours.