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A Clue to the Mindset


A crowd cheering.
I scream. You scream. Just keep screaming.

"Hey dude, you look pretty down. What's going on?"


"Oh, hey. Yeah, someone spoiled some of The Mandalorian for me on social media."


"You went on social media today, when you knew people would be talking about it?"


"Well, I had people to communicate with and stuff to do. I couldn't avoid it. I just wish I could have avoided the spoilers, or maybe even the person who spoiled it wouldn't have said anything."


"Heh heh. Well, fans will be fans, eh? I mean, what did you expect when you decided to go onto social media like that?"


"Wait, are you saying that it's my fault that the show got spoiled?"


"Well, yeah. I mean, you knew there was a potential for someone to say something, but you went where they could say it and you could see it anyway. This is kinda on you, man."


"That doesn't feel right. I'm kind of a victim here."


"A victim? Hardly. You knew the risks involved in what you were doing. It's your fault all the way."


"Ya know, that kinda sounds like a certain culture's attitude about other stuff, too."


"Wait just a minute here, are you trying to say that there's a 'spoiler culture' out there and that it's comparable to..."


"Oh, no, the two things in and of themselves are incomparable. It is interesting, though, that the mindsets behind who's at fault seem to be about the same in the end."


"I think that's going a bit too far. We're talking about the plot of a show, here, after all."


"Yeah, you're probably right. I'm blowing it all out of proportion. People should be able to express themselves in ways that make them happy, even if it inconveniences me for a while. Fans will be fans, after all."


"There ya go, pal. Now, about The Mandalorian. Since it's already been spoiled for you, I wanted to talk about that part where..."


D.G.

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