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'House of Cards' and the spoilers issue

Netflix offers 'Spoiler Foiler,' but is it enough?

By David Zurawik

The Baltimore Sun

8:20 AM EST, February 14, 2014

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Did you watch "House of Cards" this morning, and are you dying to talk about it on social media?

I am.

But even the president is on Twitter asking for no spoilers.

So, how are you going to deal with that?

Where, for example, can you comfortably talk about a certain, umm, development in Episode 1, which blew my pants off when I saw it?

I've been dying to talk about it since screening it online last week.

Can we talk about it anywhere online or on social media today without possibly ruining things for others?

I know that Netflix has launched "Spoiler Foiler" to help screen "House of Cards" tweets with spoilers from your feed.

"Behind on 'House of Cards'?" it asks. "Now you can check your feed without fear. Any tweets with danger words are hidden from your timeline. When you've caught up, it's safe to go back to normal Twitter."

I like the idea. But is it enough?

Is the Netflix distribution model itself, with its instant drops of a full season, running ahead of our ability to deal with its implications for social media and how we talk about the shows we love?

I am writing a Sunday print column on this issue and would love to hear what fans of "House of Cards" think.