Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Couch Potato’s Mind

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Disclaimer: I want to make it very clear, I am not endorsing this product or any claims made by Unspoil.me.  I am covering this story because it amused me, not because I think it has any credibility.


I stumble across the weirdest things in my journeys across the internet.  Today, that happened to come from a website I've never heard of called IFL Science.  They did a story about something called Unspoil.me, and I just had to talk about it.

There's nothing quite like watching an amazing TV show for the first time. The second time you watch it, however, you're going in with no surprises and the experience is never as good.

You'll never watch Star Wars again and experience that moment where you realize Luke is a Jedi, or the twist in The Sixth Sense where you find out Bruce Willis is actually a pretty decent actor.

And if you're really desperate to relive all of Game of Thrones' harrowing deaths as if it were the first time, Samsung says it has the website for you.

Unspoil me claims to be able to erase your memories of whatever TV show you feel like forgetting that week.

Before you start the forgetting process, you have to confirm your age and agree to the terms of conditions. This is probably to make you more suggestible, as it looks like something is actually going to work.

The video then plays. Somewhat stereotypically, it starts with a soothing voice asking you to relax and look at a spinning spiral while he counts back from 300.

He then guides you through hypnosis in an attempt to make you forget Prison Break (or a better show of your own choosing).

The hypnotist uses suggestion to try and make you forget the show, asking you to remember how easy it is to forget things. 

"Sometimes we forget to remember, it's another thing to remember to forget," he says, soothingly.

"That's an ability we all share. Sometimes we forget a name. Sometimes we forget important things."  

After the 23-minute video, the website promises that you will wake up the following morning having forgotten your TV show entirely. Leaving you to watch it again, then come back for more hypnosis. In theory, you could then watch nothing but Breaking Bad for the rest of your life.

Source: IFL Science

Commentary: You know, if we have this kind of technology, I would like to think we could use it for much more important things than "forgetting what happened in Season 1, episode 10 of LOST."  Apparently this is all part of some advertising gimmick because the Unspoil me link takes you to Samsung's page.  So if you were hoping to forget Season 9 of ROSEANNE, you will have to do it the old fashioned way...lots of alcohol.


Disclaimer 2: This author and Critical Blast are not seriously advocating black-out levels of alcohol abuse.  Drink responsibly.