I catch up on most of my comic/film/TV news via the Feedly feed reader – screw Twitter and Facebook, I’m happy with RSS.
One of the sites I subscribe to – and which has been pissing me off lately – is Comic Book Resources, or CBR. Not only do their articles contain annoying auto play videos, but it seems a large proportion of their articles are simply lists, usually made up of 15 items like this little beauty:
Doesn’t that just make you want to read that article?
As you can see, the first few lines of the article get included in my feed reader. Most headlines tend to avoid the inclusion of spoilers and, if I notice something – particularly about an upcoming episode of a show I’m watching – that sounds like it might give something away, I can usually skim over it.
What I can’t avoid though is spoilers in the text like this (text redacted because, you know, spoilers, right?!)
I was saddened to hear of Bill Paxton’s death and it makes sense that he’s going to feature in comic related news, but to include a bloody great spoiler in that first line was just pointless – the line I’ve left showing, beginning with “According to…” could easily have been the start of the article; there was no need to include that first bit.
Thanks, CBR, for dropping a spoiler on me and – I assume – others who want to avoid knowing what’s coming up.
My only comfort comes from my increasingly shocking memory which means by the time the episode referenced in that article airs in the UK, I’ll probably have forgotten about it.