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Game of Thrones: A Different Perspective


About the Author

Matt Fradd Matt Fradd

Matt Fradd is the director of content development for Integrity Restored and a bestselling author and popular speaker. His most recent book, The Porn Myth, is a No. 1 best-seller on Amazon. He is the co-creator of Victory, an app that provides a strategic battle plan for winning the struggle against pornography. Matt lives in Georgia with his wife, Cameron, and their children.

Comments (7)

Emma - August 8, 2017 5:50 pm

I love how she zoomed out and addressed the issue of darkness making its way more and more into television.
so many one liners. sharing with the hive immediately.
Thanks Alanna!

Kateri Lickona - August 8, 2017 10:31 pm

Thank you for this!!

Nate - August 10, 2017 8:30 am

Alanna is so intelligent and lucid. She’s really quite a refreshing Catholic voice.

I think this is a very interesting discussion. Art imitates life, life imitates art, so entertainment is important to human happiness, it can elevate or degrade. I think screenwriters should be aware and accountable of the content they put on the page. It’s always been an easy sell to include a lot of sensationalism and exploitation. It’s always been more artistic to be skilled, nuanced and uplifting.

I saw a few episodes of GOT, they actually didn’t happen to have sex so I didn’t realize it was notorious for sex scenes. I found the show very entertaining but unrelentingly violent, dark and miserable. It’s hard to say because it does mirror the avarice and appetite for violence in history and especially in the halls of power. But at the end of the day, I don’t think it’s very interesting, it’s stimulating. It’s very monotonous, a character is introduced and a character is killed and that’s the upshot of the show.

I have two HBO shows that I admire a lot more than GOT. The Sopranos and True Detective (Season 1) were really excellent on every level. Maybe they are too dark to watch everyday but I do think they have value, are entertaining and have great writing, acting and direction. I think the moral value in The Sopranos is to show crime doesn’t pay. Nothing very good happens to Tony. True Detective is about two flawed characters who are essentially heroic, who pay for their mistakes and are ultimately redeemed by pursuing their mission to fight and conquer true evil. I highly recommend both these shows to adults. With the caveat that they have to be prepared to skip occasional scenes. (Just two sex scenes in True Detective, gratuitous but occasional.)

I look forward to a lot more of this conversation. It’s really up to Catholics to oppose the nihilistic and exploitative trends in the world, to challenge the mediocrity and lies and to elevate art and culture with skill, passion, care for our audience and the uplifting message of the Gospel.

Art is about beauty. Thanks Matt!

Jacob Stange - August 10, 2017 2:15 pm

This is great and starts to lean toward an important point:
When we’re asking “what is tolerable?” rather than “what is beneficial?” – specifically with regard to our spiritual health – I think we start to reveal some of our own inordinate attachment to things of this world. We cease to honestly love ourselves when we cease to “desire the best” for ourselves.

Michael - November 1, 2017 8:08 pm

She’s so articulate. Really made me rethink my position.

Young Catholic Male - March 9, 2018 9:21 am

Here here! What a wonderful podcast. Thank you, thank you, thank you for expressing these thoughts so cohesively. I’ve been thinking and realizing the huge impact that my own ingestion of different types of media has had on my own thinking and sense of conscience and you guys just took all those thoughts and put them in one beautiful podcast. And wow, what a well-spoken woman. I’m not sure that I’ve ever heard someone use ‘telos’ and ‘logos’ so smoothly and frankly in a passing conversation. How do I get a vocabulary like that? Keep up the good work Integrity Restored team!

Sarah - May 23, 2018 2:31 pm

I get what she is saying but maybe
too wordy
Could have been said in way less words and maybe be a little more down to earth and less formally shared


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