Culture and Conversation: Game of Thrones

I am curious what my Game of Thrones fan friends think of these links (by the way I am actually curious not pretend-passive-agressive curious:

In last month, July 2017, The Telegraph reported that experienced a sizable drop in traffic through their site during the premier of GoT. 

However that might not be such big news considering Ian McShane, prestigious British actor seems to have poignantly summarized the content of GoT stating, after his appearance on the show, “It’s only t*** and dragons.”

Its not just McShane who seems to view it that way, but the humorous satirical page, The Babylon Bee ran the piece “Skipping All Nude Scenes Christian Makes it through Six Seasons of Game of Thrones in 20 Minutes.”

In a less humorous article, The Daily Wire ran the post “Buzzkill Alert: Game of Thrones is Pornography, And Your Life Wont End If You Stop Watching”. The two primary points, as you can glean from the heading, is that Game of Thrones fits basically any definition of pornography that an individual can come up with, unless they strictly define it in terms of “graphic content” (to use the Hollywood Euphemism) and that there would be no discernible negative impact on your life if you cease viewing it.

Moving beyond simply condemnation as pornography, an article at The Federalist hypothesized that the cultural attraction to Game of Thrones is the stark contrast it presents to our therapeutic and sterilized culture. GoT is dark and ugly and violent and sexual in a way that our culture isn’t. Life is safe and bubble-wrapped. GoT most certainly is not.


I suppose there are a few things I wonder about with my friends that watch Game of Thrones:

  1. The Porn Question(s): What is pornography? Can a Christian justify viewing pornography? Can you define pornography in such a way that you are not also describing the content of Game of Thrones?
  2. The Pauline Question(s): Paul writes in Philippians 4, “[8] Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. [9] What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” And in Colossians 3, “[1] If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. [2] Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. [3] For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. [4] When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” If these are to be our goals, does GoT viewing fall into these categories, does any film and television viewing?
  3. The Culture Engagement Question: What is the purpose of consuming such content? Is it cultural engagement? If we are to strive to be pure, but cultural engagement requires us to view and think about impure things, which command wins out?



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