A Fringe Fan’s Guide to Being Spoiler-Free
At this time of the season, spoilers are flying fast and furious. What follows are a few practical tips for Fringe fans who either want to remain spoiler-free, or who are looking to kick the spoiler habit.
First things first: It’s not safe out there. It is much, much harder to avoid spoilers than it was even just last year at this time. Almost as soon as you turn on your computer, visiting entertainment websites or social networking places like Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr, you’re exposing yourself to possible spoilage. There’s no easy way around it: If you want to decrease your exposure to spoilers, you’re going to have to decrease (or at least change) your use of these sites and services.
Spoilers can get out of hand quickly. You may have particular levels of spoilage you are comfortable with — but what’s floating out on the Internet can quickly rise beyond your comfort level. (A lot of Fringe fans found this out in Season 3 when a very spoilery production document was leaked with no warning – the sort of “ruiner” that few fans have the stomach for.) Not to overuse the analogy, but spoilers are like street drugs: you never know just how strong they’re going to be, and they might be more than you wanted. Limiting your exposure is the only real option, especially because not all fans agree on what’s “spoilery” and what isn’t.
Be wary of photos and video links. Increasingly, even the official Fox promotional material gives away quite a lot.
Be careful of reading interviews with the actors. Although they are instructed not to give away plot points, they sometimes do inadvertently, especially at this time of year.
Don’t search for Fringe-related hashtags on Twitter or Tumblr. Reading all posts tagged “Fringe” is just asking to be accidentally spoiled. If you want to kick the spoiler habit, avoid your potential exposure to spoilers by getting out of the habit of searching for Fringe-related posts,
actor names, etc.
Be more selective about who you follow on Twitter. You might want to consider unfollowing Fringe fans you don’t really know, since some of them might give away spoilers without warning (or post tempting links). Or, start a new Twitter account where you don’t follow these
Unfollow me – @FringeFridayNet! Although I try to be considerate and conservative about posting spoilery information, the nature of behind-the-scenes set photos and reports is inherently spoilery.
So, who can you follow on Twitter?
Follow Fringe insiders instead of random Fringe fans. Fringe insiders (such as producers, writers, other people associated with the show) are much less likely to spill the beans on upcoming episodes. Here’s a list of interesting Fringe-involved people to follow: showrunner
Joel Wyman (@jwfringe), actors Joshua Jackson (@vancityjax), Michael Cerveris (@cerveris) and Lance Reddick (@lancereddick), composer Chris Tilton (@christilton), promomeisters extraordinaire Ari Margolis (@jonxproductions) and @Hogscald, and Fox executive @maskedscheduler.
Follow entertainment writers and bloggers. Michael Ausiello (@ausiello), Damian Holbrook from TV Guide (@TVGMDamian),
Entertainment Weekly’s Ken Tucker (@kentucker), and Give Me My Remote’s @marisaroffman are just a few of the folks who often post interesting Fringe material that is spoiler-free.
What if you’re still not getting enough Fringe, even though you want to stay spoiler-free?
Join a discussion forum. Discussion forums are usually moderated and have strict spoiler policies (usually separate areas of the forum where spoilers are or aren’t allowed.) Important to remember: Dedicated discussion forums are much safer places to read and post spoiler-free, than blogs and entertainment websites are. Blog comments aren’t usually moderated for spoilers, and they’re just as much of a minefield as Twitter and Tumblr can be. The
IMDB Fringe board is also not particularly safe for those wishing to remain spoiler-free. Two lively, but safe, forums for those remaining spoiler-free include Television Without Pity and Fringe-Forum.com. These boards are well-moderated with separate areas for spoilers and spoiler-free discussion.
Have fun… and be careful out there!