Pros and Cons of “Leaked” Content

We live in the age of spoilers, but Supergirl has taken it to a new level.

When I was little, I remember the only advantage I had in order to know about a TV show or a new movie was to catch the one and only trailers of it, whether they be on TV or in those old previews on VHS and DVD’s. Now, leaked footage, such as photos on set, videos of cast, and even sometimes the entire work being supposedly “leaked” becomes available for millions in an instant. In some cases it might even be released months in advance of its initial release, such as the first five episodes of Game of Thrones fifth season, or the recent “leaked” pilot episode of CBS’s Supergirl.

This phenomenon has become the norm, and even I succumb to the temptation of the convenience which the leaked content provides. Now, I don’t want to paint this as blasphemous to anyone who enjoys any form of entertainment and reaps the advantages of this content right at their fingertips. It’s even assumed that those who created the show or movie leaked the content themselves, although no one would ever really own up to that as they’d face lawsuit after lawsuit.

Pros

1. Turns the internet into a focus group

When leaked footage is brought to the attention of the public, especially when it’s big name such as Supergirl or photo’s of Suicide Squad filming in Toronto, it spreads like wildfire. The benefit of the content being so available to so many people stems criticism, albeit positive or negative feedback.

2. A shot at a better show

TV shows seem to be the largest target for leaked content as of late, and the mass majority are the beginning of series or the finales of some shows seasons. These two specific points in a series are what can make or break a show. The bonus of leaked footage, whether it’s a pilot episode or a finale, can help producers strengthen their series as a whole. If they waited until the official air date of the pilot, as was once the norm, there would already be an addition three or four episodes in the proverbial can, meaning that any changes would be delayed by several weeks.

 

Cons

1. Ruins it for those who wait

A lot of folks like to take the traditional route and wait in until content is released on its scheduled day. Once that content is released and starts to be reviewed, it begins to pop up everywhere. For someone who does prefer to go the traditional route, it can get rather annoying scrolling through Facebook and seeing spoiler filled articles on something I’m waiting to watch, in some cases with spoilers right in the headline. It can become quit tiring and frustrating having to strategically get through my Facebook timeline.

2. Poor Quality

Not necessarily a con, but for those that do decide to to partake in leaked content, the video quality is generally a key factor. The majority of the time quality of leaked footage is mediocre at best, however there’s a few odd occasions that the quality can be nearly HD. When the first few episodes of Game of Thrones fifth season were leaked, the majority of what was available for viewers who wanted the content was barely even watchable.

When it really comes down to leaked content, it really is all about the individuals preference. You can reap the advantages of being able to watch that show of movie before it’s initial release date, or you can be patient and wait. Whichever you choose, it seems like there’s a blurry line between whether you should partake or not.

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