What Actually Counts As a Spoiler, Anyway?

When is a spoiler not a spoiler? When a spoiler for something that doesn't actually happen in a movie or television show falls in a forest, does anyone hear it? The revelation this week that GI Joe: Retaliation was delayed in part to reshoot scenes that would change a crucial plot point in the movie - which revealed said plot point - has gotten me thinking about the nature of spoilers that aren't quite spoilers.

Whatever Happened To The Here And Now?

You know what would be nice? Not knowing what movies were scheduled for three years from now. Am I really alone in thinking that there's something depressing about things being planned that far in advance?

Why Do We Need Spoilers?

We live in a media world where ignorance is, apparently, anything but bliss: Spoilers abound, and speculation is king. The idea of just letting a story unfold on its own terms seems old-fashioned and, at times, naive, if not downright impossible. Why can't we just sit back and let ourselves be entertained?