Hello dear reader(s)!
Look, I am not writing this post to take issue with how people like to have fun, or anything about the show itself. I am sure it is a good show, and once the fucking hype dies down, I might actually want to watch it myself.
And no, there is nothing wrong with talking about something you enjoy online. To a point.
But please, for the love of all that is good and unholy, shut the fuck up about Game Of Thrones. Honestly, there are other things in life.
It would be one thing if I was on a dedicated Game Of Thrones fan page. It would be another thing if it were only on social media. But for weeks now, all I have been hearing about anywhere in any media or overheard in public is Game Of Thrones.
“Season 7 will be the last! Oh no!”
“It’s almost here!”
“Kalisisisisiiisiiiiii will be queen of Underoos!”
And on and on and on.
I am a Westworld fan. I can not wait until it comes back. I have had conversations about that show with other people who have seen it, or who I am convincing people to watch it with me right before I start it On Demand. If I were on the Westworld page, I might even have conversations about it with other fans who are strangers. But I do not post random shit about it on my Facebook like it is somehow important to my life or the lives of other people on my friends list, particularly those who I do not know have seen it.
There is nothing wrong with enjoying something, and doing what you have to do in order to relax and enjoy some things in this world. If that for you is Game Of Thrones, well then good for you. But there is something wrong with the obsession about a fucking TV show as if it is somehow central or important to the lives of others. I don’t give a shit if your character is killed, okay?
It was the same way for The Walking Dead. After some of that hype died down, I watched it. It was pretty good. Not great, certainly not worthy of all the hype, but pretty good. I even enjoy some of the funny memes made from it. But do I feel the need to let everyone I know that I am wondering if something will ever happen besides Rick finding some place to stay for a while that seems perfect, but then isn’t due to (insert threat here) before they fight and roam again, rinse and repeat? Do I update my Facebook status with how much I can’t wait until it starts? Do I tell people when and where I am watching it? No.
You may have guessed by the completely unreasonable tone of this post that this isn’t really about Game Of Thrones or The Walking Dead. It isn’t about any television or leisure activities that people choose to engage in when they need a little escape from the all-you-can-eat crap buffet that is modern society. It is about distraction. It is about unhealthy obsession with those escapes that keep people from being engaged in reality.
A break every so often isn’t just good, it is necessary.
But so is living in the real world. And when people are more concerned with the fate of the corrupt ruler of some land in the world of fiction than they are of the corruption within our own land that affects their lives and the lives of others, something is very wrong.
“The people will not revolt. They will not look up from their screens long enough to notice what is happening.” – George Orwell, 1984
Don’t let your escapes become your reality. Take the time to enjoy the things you love, but then go back to the world and fight the fights that matter. Shut the fuck up about Game Of Thrones and anything else until you educate yourself on what is happening in our world, and act accordingly. Turn off the television long enough to learn the issues, call your representatives, vote, and participate in reality.
Or maybe I really am sick of hearing about it all the time, so even if you don’t do those things, please just shut the fuck up about Game Of Thrones. 😀
– A Grumpy Old Man