This comic refers to several unexpected plot twists from various Hollywood movies and combines them into one giant twist invented by Randall. A "spoiler" is a term used to describe information about the plot of any media that could spoil the media for someone who has not viewed it. The term "spoiler alert" has become popularized as a warning to potential readers used to precede such spoilers, particularly in online posting. It is also a phrase often used ironically or angrily to suggest that something someone has just said is a spoiler. It is also used jokingly to suggest that something just said (or is about to be said) was a spoiler so long ago that "everyone" should have heard of it by now (e.g. "Spoiler alert, Vader is Luke's father").
Upon the release of The Matrix Reloaded, a series of false spoilers on Slashdot incorrectly claimed that Trinity died at the end (she didn't die in that movie -- she died in the one afterward.) Example: search this post for "Trinity". In that community, "Trinity Dies" became recognized as a reference to this Slashdot trolling phenomenon. 22.214.171.124 20:22, 8 June 2014 (UTC)
Intuitively, killing the surprise seems like it should make a narrative less enjoyable. Yet research has found that having extra information about artworks can make them more satisfying, as can the predictability of an experience. So Christenfeld decided to put spoilers to the test in the most straightforward way possible: by spoiling stories for people.
Will this finding make people rush out and look for spoilers? Almost certainly not. Despite the fact that most people have experienced a spoiler enhancing their enjoyment of a story, the vast majority of people still think that spoilers ruin stories in some way.
Is there any point in remaining "spoiler-free," steering clear of any crucial plot points of movies or television shows you haven't seen yet? That's the question raised by Netflix in its new "Living with Spoilers" campaign, and it set me off on a search for the roots of the "spoiler" in my latest column for the Wall Street Journal.
"Spoilers are a part of life. We all live with spoilers," say the folks at Netflix, who encourage us to reconsider spoilers now that streaming services like Netflix are changing our viewing habits. When you can binge-watch entire seasons of your favorite shows, the "spoiler" as a cultural taboo is clearly overdue for some rethinking. But where did the word come from?
Novels and films have long had twist endings, but no one was demanding "spoiler alerts" about, say, the identity of the murderer in an Agatha Christie whodunit or the meaning of "Rosebud" in Citizen Kane. In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock wanted his audiences to remain spoiler-free when watching "Psycho," pleading with moviegoers, "Please don't give away the ending, it's the only one we have." Still, this sort of plot revelation had not yet been dubbed a "spoiler." 041b061a72