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Elizabeth Sandifer

Elizabeth Sandifer created Eruditorum Press. She’s not really sure why she did that, and she apologizes for the inconvenience. She currently writes Last War in Albion, a history of the magical war between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. She used to write TARDIS Eruditorum, a history of Britain told through the lens of a ropey sci-fi series. She also wrote Neoreaction a Basilisk, writes comics these days, and has ADHD so will probably just randomly write some other shit sooner or later.Support Elizabeth on Patreon.

10 Comments

  1. Marionette
    September 20, 2015 @ 12:19 pm

    Gee, thanks for the massive spoilers above the cut. A warning would have been kind. Some of us aren’t caught up on on the show, yet.

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    • David Brain
      September 20, 2015 @ 1:41 pm

      Some of us live in countries where it hasn’t even officially been picked up for broadcast yet. I know there are, ahem, other ways to watch it – and it seems that, for this show in particular, that might be appropriate – but even so…

      (I admit I only came here to add this to the comments, so I haven’t read any of the actual piece since I suspected it would be full of spoilers.)

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      • Elizabeth Sandifer
        September 20, 2015 @ 1:52 pm

        It is safe to assume any piece on the site is full of spoilers for its topic, yes.

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  2. arcbeatle
    September 20, 2015 @ 1:19 pm

    Yeah, putting future spoilers below cuts would be appreciated…

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  3. Elizabeth Sandifer
    September 20, 2015 @ 1:51 pm

    I am disinclined to restructure an essay around the read more link, for a variety of reasons, and would point out that I never actually had “read more” links before in the first place. It’s manifestly not a spoiler-free site, and never has been. The reader is advised not to read articles on things they might want to experience unspoiled.

    In this case, in particular, I don’t think there’s any talking about the show interestingly or usefully without talking about the twist. To me, that “Where is My Mind” lift really is the defining moment of the show and what it is, and it’s where the essay had to start. Finding things to blather about to get the word count out to the “read more” link would have made the essay worse.

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    • James Wylder
      September 20, 2015 @ 2:14 pm

      Fair enough. Since the read more thing was added, I suppose I just presumed that the “under the cut” spoilers thing might follow.

      Of course, making subconscious assumptions like that is silly. But now its clear what it will be going forward.

      Anyways, enjoyed the article.

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    • Pôl
      September 21, 2015 @ 7:30 pm

      “It’s manifestly not a spoiler-free site, and never has been. The reader is advised not to read articles on things they might want to experience unspoiled.”

      I’m a long time reader, and I didn’t know that. Don’t get me wrong, I completely respect that position. But I would have preferred to have found that out before I read the essay.

      Since it’s not a common position in the blogosphere and tends to blindside people (even long-time readers, apparently), I suggest putting some kind of reminder on your header or sidebar (“Warning: Here be Spoilers”), or add some boilerplate italicized text at the beginning of essays (“This is an essay about X, and may contain spoilers”).

      I’ll also point out that “this site” is less than a week old. But I know what you mean. 🙂

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  4. encyclops
    September 20, 2015 @ 9:22 pm

    For what it’s worth, I guessed the twist after the first episode and still thoroughly enjoyed the show. Granted, guessing is a little different from knowing, but (a) as a rule I never figure these things out, so the clues must be pretty obvious, and (b) I’m still convinced the show will be worth anyone’s time who’s at all interested in the premise.

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    • Elizabeth Sandifer
      September 20, 2015 @ 11:21 pm

      Honestly, I think not having to deal with the suspense of “shit, is this just going to be a bad Fight Club” ripoff would improve the show.

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      • Jane Campbell
        September 21, 2015 @ 3:17 pm

        According to an interview with the show’s creator, Mr Robot was originally conceived as a movie, until it got too big. What we’ve seen in the first season is basically only the first act of the story.

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