"It is easy to confuse what is with what ought to be, especially when what is has worked out in your favor."
- Tyrion Lannister

"Lannister. Baratheon. Stark. Tyrell. They're all just spokes on a wheel. This one's on top, then that's ones on top and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground. I'm not going to stop the wheel. I'm going to break the wheel."

- Daenerys Targaryen

"The Lord of Light wants his enemies burned. The Drowned God wants them drowned. Why are all the gods such vicious cunts? Where's the God of Tits and Wine?"

- Tyrion Lannister

"The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace. They never are."

- Jorah Mormont

"These bad people are what I'm good at. Out talking them. Out thinking them."

- Tyrion Lannister

"What happened? I think fundamentals were trumped by mechanics and, to a lesser extent, by demographics."

- Michael Barone

"If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to."
- Dorothy Parker

Monday, June 11, 2012

Pam! Pam! Pam! (or "One what?" as in Sookie will "owe one," a favor, to Pam.)

"Turn! Turn! Turn!" by Carrie Raisler (True Blood Onion recap)

I never understood why fans hate Tara (because she's unhappy?) or why people dislike True Blood enough to make negative comments.

In entertainment as in sports, is being a "hater" an essential part of being a fan? by Noel Murray

(excellent discussion in commment section. For instance:
According to Freud, who no one cares about anymore, we underestimate how much sadism and masochism underlies the average personality (because it is taboo in a 'civilization' and because it is a fundamentally infantile dichotomy of desire). I'm not crazy about Freud, but I think something like the popularity of '50 Shades of Grey', which gets pretty explicit in its descriptions of S&M sex, amongst the most normative demographic (Soccer Moms) is arguing for the possibility that Freud was right.)

Psychologists attribute anger to the feeling of being wronged by someone or something, internally or externally.  Ironically, pop culture provides an unusual number of opportunities for such anger.  Two specific cases come to mind.

First is the narcissism of small differences.  That is to say, we often get very angry when someone very similar to us disagrees strongly with us about something that is very similar to our own tastes.  The brutal competition in sports fandom is an example of this, as is Jezebel complaining more about the Daily Show than the Taliban.)

I hate "haters" of stuff I like! I am annoyed by "haters" of NGDP level targeting and unconventional monetary policy, Game of Thrones, and True Blood, etc.

A song featured in last night's True Blood season opener.

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