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Spoiler alert, Twitter apps, and other modern strategies to avoid the dreaded S word

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Actors Michelle Fairley, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Kit Harington, executive producer George R.R. Martin, actors Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, co-creator/executive producer David Banioff and co-creator/executive producer D.B. Weiss attend The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Presents An Evening With "Game of Thrones" at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 19, 2013 in Hollywood, California. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

The seventh and penultimate season of AMC’s “Mad Men” debuted over the weekend. Bring up that topic though at any modern American office and chances are you’ll be met with a polite, “please don’t tell me anything about it.”

Spoilers for TV shows, movies, sports events are everywhere these days: online, on Twitter, and in innocuous conversations between coworkers. The changing nature of entertainment consumption, like binging an entire season of a TV show after it airs or DVR-ing something to watch later, for instance, has also produced more spoilers than ever before.  

How do you avoid spoilers? As avid culture vultures, how should we behave to not spoil season finales or important plot points for others?


Eric Ravenscraft, writer at the popular blog, Lifehacker, who has written about the topic for the site

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