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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Friday, March 29, 2013

Game Of Thrones Countdown

Yes, I think this sums it up nicely:

Escapist art can be as revealing as engaged art, in a way. What escapism shows is what we want to escape from and what we want to escape into. Game of Thrones is so pleasurable exactly because it saves us from the complications of our own moment. The trick is in the title. It turns power into a game, and not just through the court intrigue. Some have claimed to find sexism and racism in the show, but they're really missing the point that the sex and race in the show are deliberately outlandish. I don't think that Game of Thrones' viewers wish they lived in such a world. They want to escape momentarily into a world that is crude but is also grand because everything in the real world is cheaply made and disposable, and complicated.

Read more: Game of Thrones Season 3 Review - Just Watch Game of Thrones - Esquire

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