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Por qué necesitamos a “Game of Thrones”

PARÍS – Los programas de televisión populares de hoy se han convertido en el equivalente de los folletines que comenzaron a aparecer en los periódicos en el siglo XIX. Series como "Game of Thrones" y "Downton Abbey", al igual que Balzac y Dickens antes que ellas, sirven como fuente de entretenimiento y alimento para el debate. En este sentido, los guiones de nuestra televisión se han transformado en herramientas esenciales de análisis social y político.

Esas herramientas se pueden utilizar para entender, por ejemplo, la diferencia entre el primer ministro israelí, Benjamin Netanyahu, y el presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama. Netanyahu sigue atascado en la tercera temporada de "Homeland" -es decir, obsesionado con Irán- mientras que Obama, al haber comenzado a incluir la renovada amenaza rusa en su cálculo estratégico, ya anda por la tercera temporada de "House of Cards".

Por supuesto, la posibilidad de hacer este tipo de comparaciones se basa en lo que muchas veces hace popular a una serie de televisión: su capacidad para mostrarle un espejo a una sociedad -para que refleje sus ansiedades y anhelos- y crear una ventana a través de la cual los de afuera puedan pispiar.

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