blog This day had to come. Ladies and gentlemen, the science fiction and fantasy worlds so beloved by IT geeks the world around have now gone mainstream. The Guardian’s Australian edition reports this morning that Prime Minister Julia Gillard is a huge fan of Game of Thrones, the popular TV adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s excellent A Song of Ice and Fire epic series. And what’s even more interesting is that the Prime Minister appears to be watching Game of Thrones legally. The Guardian reports (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“I was given the DVDs over the summer period when I did get a little bit of time to watch so I watched them one after the other,” [Gillard] said. “I don’t get many lazy afternoons but I managed to have a few and now I am a bit of an addict. I anxiously await the new episode each Monday night. I like it because I think the intrigue between the contending families is enough to sustain the storyline.”
We’re sure Jeffrey Bleich will take great comfort in the news that Gillard watches Game of Thrones legally (it appears to be through Foxtel which airs the show on Monday nights; the show doesn’t usually arrive on iTunes until early Tuesday morning), given how stridently the US Ambassador to Australia recently expressed his opinion that Australians are pirating the show far too much. And how lucky for Gillard she’s watching the series through Foxtel and not iTunes; or else the Labor leader might have been forced to change her habits next Season when the pay TV giant cuts off weekly access to Game of Thrones through the Apple platform. I guess what this little example goes to demonstrate is that for that wealthy portion of the population in Australia that can afford premium TV offerings such as Foxtel, getting access to US content such as Game of Thrones is generally not a problem. The rest of the nation — which constantly suffers problems getting affordable access to the shows we want — might as well be located on the wrong side of The Wall.
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