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12 June 2014 @ 02:04 pm
in defense of Game of Thrones  
"We don’t watch TV to look in a mirror, we watch it to look at something else, something prettier or crazier or just completely different. Game of Thrones creates a suspension of disbelief so immersive it feels almost childlike, some great cultural bedtime story for people who thought they were too old for such things. If The Wire is important for what it tells us about urban America and social institutions and the moral failures of late capitalism, Game of Thrones is important for what it doesn’t tell us about any of these things. Instead it tells us is that for an hour each week we can be something like kids again, and for all those letters indicating all those 'adult' situations that precede it every Sunday, that’s no small achievement."

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Jackbizarrojack on June 12th, 2014 08:08 pm (UTC)
That's an interesting point. It feels very "real" to me, in spite of there being nothing realistic about it. It's just really thoroughly imagined, which is what it does have in common with those other shows, which are still fiction after all. I just like it when paying close attention makes a show better rather than worse.