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For all of this journalâs long historyâa stretch that, amazing to me, now spans five decades in publication (thanks for putting up with me)âIâve tried, whenever possible, to focus on looking ahead. But, as both the venerable Weather Oracle and more than a few readers have pointed out, my record as a seer is not that good. So, more often than not, Iâve used my words as a way to review the natural history events of the past week. Iâm a decent historian, and the approach, coupled with a nod to what might be in the offing, seems to work.
As a reviewer, however, Iâve learned that thereâs one commandment that has to be obeyed, and itâs this: Donât Give Away Too Much of the Story, and Definitely Donât Reveal the Ending. Of course, if you plan toâif revelation is simply unavoidableâthereâs a protocol. The reviewer must issue, up front, whatâs called a âspoiler alert.â This is essentially an advance warning that tells you that youâre about to learn more than you may want to know: the final score, or who really dunnit, for example. The spoiler alert is a declaration that, if this knowledge is going to ruin your enjoyment of whatever is under review, you should stop reading right now. Donât say I didnât warn you.
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