“Oh God” you must be thinking “not another Game of Thrones post”. Apologies for anyone reading this but tis the season for throne and war with the second episode of season 4 airing today. But with Game of thrones has always followed a posse of discussion in the public sphere for whether its use of violence, nudity and gore is necessary or appropriate for the global market at such a high scale.
The issue of sexual violence, sex, violence, adult themes and a very young group of killers has marked HBO’s Game of thrones as a huge grey area in the media. it has sparked hundreds of reaction videos, reviews, criticism, fan art, randoms, fanfics and a huge international public discussion. Why though, have people not gotten over the shows nature?
It is well known by the 14.2 million viewers per episode that Game of Thrones is not renowned for its child friendly directing and longevity of its characters. So one might argue; why, 32 episodes in, are people still carrying on about how they “can’t watch Game of Thrones” – Osahon Okundaye (Huffington post 2014). It may be theorised that, because of the “…ideal-typical vision of public, political activity…” – Carlisle. E. (2013) of the public sphere. speculating and debating over moral issues with today’s society is a perfect way to express democracy in our society.
With this in mind. The whole idea of the public sphere might not be expressing your own thoughts on a controversial issue in order to just hold input in conversation, but to express our freedom in the way we perceive the grey areas in our society.
Osahon Okundaye. (2014). Huffington Post (online). http://www.huffingtonpost.com/osahon-okundaye/why-i-cant-watch-game-of-thrones_b_5120281.html (Retrieved 14-4-2014)