Tuesday, April 22, 2014
If you're outraged about this Sunday's Game Of Thrones, I have a question.
I think I'm pretty safe in my assumption that, given the very passionate discussion about Sunday night's Game Of Thrones, you've already seen the episode "Breaker Of Chains" and come down firmly on one side of the fence or you don't really care one way or the other. So I'm just going to go right on past the what happened and why and what I thought about it and all of that because that's all been done.
What I want to do is ask a question regarding SeptGate -- my name for it to discuss the where not the why, since the why has been discussed.
If you're one of the people who has been upset by the events in the Sept, I'm sure you've shared your thoughts online or you've told someone or you've raged about it. Maybe you wrote about it. Maybe you decided never to watch the show again because of what happened. There's no doubt that people are upset and the story has picked up steam. When GRRM weighs in, you know this has hit a certain level.
But, here's what I want to ask and I hope you'll bear with me and hear it in the genuine spirit meant.
What do you want someone to do?
I understand the desire to rage on the internet. Lord knows I do it. I rant just like everyone else. But, I also do what I can to look for a solution, I ask questions, I look to create change. Because my ranting is only going to do so much and, in the end, I know it's just me blowing off steam.
In this case, however, it feels like people are upset and the event they're upset about has already happened. I mean, we can't retcon the scene in question. Whether it was intentional, whether it was badly edited, whether the creators totally fucked up on what they were trying to portray, it happened and all of the ranting doesn't change that.
What do you want?
Do you want an apology? Do you want them to admit it was rape? Do you want the show cancelled? Do you want to get D & D to donate proceeds to rape education? Do you want them to know you'll never watch the show again?
My point is this. You can rage. I'm not going to take that away from you. But the odds are good that your angry voice is going to blend with the others and GRRM and D & D will feel like there's so much to address that they can't address anything and your outrage will just be another bump in the road of internet outrage until something happens again.
You being angry is just you being angry and people will still argue with you and disagree with you and you'll feel as unheard as you feel now. If you decide what you want and ask for it, maybe you'll be unheard but you're used to that already.
But what if you're heard and your voice makes a difference and that outrage creates a change?
We've all been saying it recently. Outrage is all over the internet and we're all tired of it. It's exhausting and it's every day.
What I want to know is what you intend to do about it?
Does that make sense?
p.s. I really and truly have no interest in rehashing the debate about what happened and I won't tolerate people bashing others in the comments. It's a serious question and a serious conversation. I'd like to have it.