A Public Sphere of Converse and Debate

Game of Thrones, Too Obscene?
Game of Thrones, Too Obscene?

“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.

 

Reference List

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)

 

 

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3 thoughts on “A Public Sphere of Converse and Debate

  1. Apparently, some people must be slow learners. It’s a show about a Game, right? Perfect for kids!

    Er….

    Excellent article by the way, thanks! It amazes me that people have nothing better to expend energy on than attacking this excellent show.

  2. So well put.

    “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.”

    That was a fantastic way to summarise your arguement and I agree with you wholistically. But I can’t help but note how people want their cake and want to eat it too but they also want to make sure everyone else’s cake is just like their own otherwise no one else should have cake. Expressing freeedom has an extent however, like there is people who complain about Game of Thrones, then there is people who try to throw it off the air then there is people who will picket the death of one of the actors.

    What I find the most interesting and most annoying about the public sphere discussion about Game of Thrones is how it is already built to push the envelope. Staying so loyal to the book, its funny how little we have heard about public uproar over the novel and its content but as soon as the medium is transitioned visually, there is a sudden jump to complain and ban it. Like the grey area only matters once people see it rather then read it.

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