Q: I was asked recently: "Should a Christian watch 'Game of Thrones'"?
I would just like to say that I watched a few episodes of GOT and was utterly, utterly horrified by the violence. Exploding human heads? There was a time when the camera (on TV or film--except for campy horror films) would look away when someone got shot or hurt. That final moment was not depicted, only its prelude and aftermath. (See also "13 Reasons Why" where the camera shows a full-on "perfect, poetic suicide" and never, ever looks away.) In the past, even horror films that weren't campy and strove to shock, just didn't have the realistic prosthetics, FX and ultraHD that we have today. All the more need to be delicate, discerning and discreet.
The egregious, graphic desecration of the human body--the sacred image of God--in visual storytelling today is becoming the norm.
Here's an acronym for you: TOB. "Theology of the Body--it isn't just about sex."
THE MAINSTREAMING OF THE MAINSTREAMING OF PORN
The first stage of "the mainstreaming of porn" began with the now-debunked criminal-charlatan-deviant, Alfred Kinsey (who inspired Hugh Hefner). The second stage (moving porn/film) began around the time of cable, with the relaxing of laws and regulations, with porn stars writing books and going on talk shows, and then it exploded with the internet, and was rather complete with the untethered internet on personal devices. Who could escape? Porn was now ubiquitous, anonymous, accessible, affordable (often free) and, most tragic of all, accepted. Perhaps 90% of people who use porn today, would never have, pre-cable and pre-internet. They would never have acquired porn mags or gone to adult bookstores or seedy theaters (virtually the only places to find porn before cable/internet times).
But the third stage of the mainstreaming of porn is the embedding of porn in all media. But I'm afraid the third stage finds us asleep--a sleep unto spiritual death. Sadly, because porn use is so prevalent (by old, young, male, female), we think nothing of--or rather, we don't even notice "a little" porn mixed in here and there in a mainstream film, TV show, video, ad. Porn is referenced everywhere (even if not shown). It's not shocking any more. There is no moral outrage. There is wholesale denial about porn's addictive nature and the many victims it leaves in its wake. There is no care to porn-proof children. Fathers joke with young sons about it. (I have heard many, many sad real-life anecdotes, let alone the screen ones about porn use in families being no big deal.) Gen-Xers forget that Playboy magazine (harmful as that is) is a far cry from starting to watch hardcore, perverse, violent, moving film-porn when you're a little kid (and what that does to a developing brain).
What to do? If you use, stop. If you can't stop, get help. Educate yourself about porn. We have all the brain science. The bad news? Porn rewires your brain. The good news? You can re-rewire it, but it'll be the hardest fight of your life, but so worth it. Let's chase porn back to the fringe. Or better, back to the abyss. Let's say "no" to our fav shows that sneak porn in everywhere. Future generations are depending on us.
www.tinyurl.com/PornPreventionResources (& Recovery)
--"If You're Watching 'Game of Thrones' You're Watching Porn"
--"Hollywood, 'Art,' Sex, Violence & Your Kids" (includes some stats about "Game of Thrones")
--"If It Quacks Like a Duck, It's Porn" (lengthy article that deconstructs a defense of GOT as "not porn")
--Here's Fr. Mike Schmitz talking about the violence of MMA (as entertainment):
part I -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzBq7wXPOh4&index=2&list=PLeXS0cAkuTPpJ6j3eH59WudJhJ4q1tpwH
part II -- (law of exposure) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRqB3zgC6mA&list=PLeXS0cAkuTPpJ6j3eH59WudJhJ4q1tpwH