Whining Isn’t Constructive Criticism - Game of Thrones and Toxic Fandom

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Aaron and Jenn decide to tackle a thoroughly non-controversial topic by discussing the finale of the small, tiny, and barely known show Game of Thrones, as well as the reasonable, rational, and thoughtful responses of its few fans feeling mild disappointment with the show’s ending. They discuss toxic fandom, and how the entitlement fans feel to a “satisfying” (read: getting what they wanted) ending can end up being harmful to the nature of art itself. Jenn also brings up how fans are becoming harder and harder to please, while Aaron brings up how the psychological phenomenon of group polarization is potentially responsible for how angry and entitled fans, both GoT and non-GoT related, are getting.

Game of Thrones star Jacob Anderson on the fans’ remake petition: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/game-of-thrones-jacob-anderson-petition_n_5cdff038e4b00735a9176126?fbclid=IwAR2jvIpOd8QNmxa6HawTojFDttHgfHDdJkaEPEw99eJR5fOqxxnQGQauuEs

Rick Marshall’s take on the same for Digital Trends: https://www.digitaltrends.com/movies/game-of-thrones-petition-season-8/?fbclid=IwAR1uhUbvM6CNHIBnZRFQlVNy6uTce3SF4yJLANPEmDJ5P_9EWIrW1gvcW3s

The Slate article dissing the GoT finale: https://slate.com/culture/2019/05/game-of-thrones-ends-wanting-to-be-what-its-not.amp

The Slate article praising the GoT finale: https://slate.com/culture/2019/05/game-of-thrones-finale-review-it-was-good.amp

Reason Magazine’s Ilya Somin on Game of Thrones and Libertarianism: https://reason.com/2019/05/20/reflections-on-game-of-thrones/

FEE’s Brittany Hunter on Game of Thrones and its message on the dangers of power: https://fee.org/articles/game-of-thrones-shows-how-power-turns-heroes-into-monsters/?fbclid=IwAR2DL0sYL2P_NhgFJg7b8QyiLuMl9cplg4Y3Kz_Ow5BxfbvvM64YnMKKPOA

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