Fair Game is a documentary about the phenomenon of Game of Thrones, HBO’s hit epic fantasy.
Thanks to modern communications and cultural zeitgeist, Game of Thrones has become one of the most widely discussed subjects in the world, with millions of people from all over the planet participating in online arguments about the show. A significant number of those participants are highly critical of Game of Thrones – which is noteworthy in itself, as TV shows aren’t usually watched nor followed by people who dislike them. However, the many complaints are completely ignored by the mainstream media, which uniformly promotes the message that only a laughable minority of “nerds” could possibly have anything against Game of Thrones.
That is the topic of our interest: Why is the voice of dissent left behind? Why would any legitimate opinion, and especially one that is shared by huge number of people, be ignored and marginalized? What makes Game of Thrones so special, that the critique of it gets silenced?
We have tried to explore that topic in interviews with fans and professionals, through questions about Game of Thrones, television, drama, media, conformism, cultural models and Internet freedom.
Fair Game which centers on Game of Thrones is intended to be the first in a series of similar investigatory documentaries to be released on the Internet, the most open medium in history. Which is why the entire series and this website are titled The Internet Remembers.
As readers of the A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF) book saga – George R.R. Martin’s source material for Game of Thrones – will know, The Internet Remembers is a title modeled after the phrase “The North remembers” from the novels. Of course, that is no coincidence, as the love for ASOIAF is the foundation on which we have based this documentary.
A career journalist, from Serbia. Writes about television for more than 15 years, in various media outlets.
A TV critic at Newsday, where he’s been writing about entertainment, personalities, industry trends, political media, primetime schedules, and breaking news, for more than 25 years.
TV critic at Newsday
A teacher of history and literature, from Germany. Regular contributor for Tower of the Hand, a web site dedicated to A Song of Ice and Fire book series and Game of Thrones television show.
Teacher of history and literature
A co-founder of salon.com. A contributor to the New York Times Book Review. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, Time, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and other publications.
Co-founder of salon.com
A Professor of Television and Cinema Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Among his books are The Sopranos, Pulp Fiction, In a Lonely Place, and others.
Professor at New York University
Along with his wife Linda Antonsson, founder of Westeros.org, the go-to web site for fans of A Song of Ice and Fire book series. Two of them coauthored The World of Ice & Fire, a companion book for ASOIAF, with George R.R. Martin.
Founder of westeros.org
A lawyer in television industry, from France. Runs a popular blog about television and movies.
Lawyer in television industry
Of course, a single documentary can influence only so much. This movie is, therefore, supposed to be the first in a series of similar endeavors, titled The Internet Remembers. Our future projects will also be about A Song of Ice and Fire, Game of Thrones, other TV dramas of our time, modern literature, media responsibility, Internet freedom, and other topics that revolve around the main themes of the Fair Game.
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