(Warning: Minor House of Cards spoiler ahead)
I’m a big House of Cards fan, and I was happily able to finish Season 3. Without going into too much detail, one of the major plot points involves President Frank Underwood’s handling of an emergency and using FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) to fund a jobs program.
Three weeks ago, FEMA sent out this tweet:
The issue? Spoilers! Standard internet etiquette is that you are supposed to not spoil a show, no matter how small the detail, or at least put a “spoiler warning” at the top of an entry (like I did). I’m not really too sure how that would apply to Twitter, so perhaps it would have been better if FEMA had skipped this tweet altogether.
Either way, the internet let FEMA have it:
FEMA, facing a storm of criticism (Haha, storm, get it? Sorry, sorry….), acknowledged that it should have, perhaps, posted a “spoiler alert” in a later tweet:
Did you ever think that technology would evolve to the point that government agencies are now being criticized for spoiling plot points of popular TV shows? No, but here we are. I actually think this is a very minor point in the series – it’s one which is literally available in the Netflix descriptions of the show – and, as such, as much ado about nothing. Alas, the internet is a sensitive place, and caution is always the preferable strategy.
Is this really that big of a deal? Would love to hear your thoughts – let us know in the comments!