We live in a time of Too Much Culture. In 2018 alone, there were almost 500 scripted television series that aired (not to mention the countless unscripted shows) and more than 10,000 films released.
And you know what? I'm damn tired of it. I can't pay attention to literal thousands of films and series clamoring for my brain space. I just can't.
That's not even getting into the backlog of stuff from years past that remains "culturally significant" (i.e., stuff I feel socially compelled to have seen).
That's why it's about time we just admit the truth: It's so much easier to scan Wikipedia summaries of all the new TV and movies and be done with it.
Let's start with the obvious application of this philosophy: horror movies.
Much has been written about the phenomenon of people who read summaries for horror movies they never intend to see, and like...yeah. Duh. Words on a Wikipedia page can't produce a decapitated head out of nowhere in the span of .5 seconds.
What's so wrong with wanting to be vicariously frightened without actually having to experience Scary Things™? NOTHING.
Also, let's not forget about movies and shows with big ~tWisTs~. Nothing says "head directly to Wikipedia" like seeing a whole lot of reviews with "spoiler alert" right in the headline.
Honestly, even when I see my colleagues writing about the best movie twists, I just use their posts as a list of what to check on Wikipedia later.
I don't have time to watch 23 movies waiting around for plot twists I know are coming. Just tell me the damn twist already!