From Hannah: We spend a lot of time on the show talking about how we experience pop culture with other people. I only watched Game of Thrones, really, because I enjoyed sharing it with my friends. We have online communities of strangers, where we can all commiserate over The Bachelor franchise. Back in the olden days of high school, my friends and I basically lived at the movie theater during the summer. In short, Game of Thrones doesn’t just have to be about what’s actually happening on Game of Thrones … it’s how and when we experience it with others.
Last year, we did a show on spoilers that included us asking questions about what is the proper spoiler etiquette: How long do you hold off before posting spoilers for a show online? Are you the worst if you spoil someone else? These questions, and related issues, all get at one general problem: how do we handle the intersections between our entertainment and our relationships with other people, especially if that entertainment comes from a social connection?
So we thought we’d do an episode asking important “etiquette” questions of how not to be the worst fellow fan. These include:
- Am I in the wrong if I watch ahead on a show I usually watch with my partner? (Does the answer change if it’s just a friend?)
- How long do I have to wait to watch say, Stranger Things, if the person who said they wanted to watch it with me has been making me wait three years to start it?
- Am I the worst if I complain about something other people like on social media?
- If Little Women is being remade again, is it still a spoiler to reveal [SPOILER EVERYONE KNOWS]?
- Are you under an obligation of any kind to read your partner/friend/family member’s favorite book, watch their favorite movie, or show interest in their hobby?
- If I host a watch party for a TV series premiere, am I obligated to keep hosting all season long?
… And so on. We want to know what you think about these questions (and if you have any problems that bother you).
But, for the record, if you go to the movie theater and take a phone call and talk loudly in the theater, you are the worst.