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What GoT Would Be Like if the Characters Used Social Media

What GoT Would Be Like if the Characters Used Social Media

Just the mere mention of Game of Thrones (GoT), one of the biggest shows in TV history, sends people into a frenzy. Everyone has an opinion, including the people who don’t watch it. Yes, GoT is that good.

Imagine what GoT would be like in 2017. What would the fictional characters have to say if they could use social media? Let’s face it: secretly, we all want to be riding under a banner trying desperately to claim the throne.

Dressed in medieval garb and sporting trendy hairstyles, men all over the world would be vying for a chance to marry Daenerys Targaryen. And, who wouldn’t? She makes Kim Kardashian seem rather ordinary. Not to mention, she is the mother of dragons. Dragons, people.

Let’s face it, sending a message by social media sure beats trudging through the snow for years being chased by angry dead people.

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How would GoT characters fare if they had access to social media?

Sansa Stark

Sansa was quite shallow at the beginning of the show. She was concerned only with her social status and beauty.

Think Mean Girls meets Westeros. There is no doubt that her Twitter feed would consist of teenage crushes and disdain at her brother’s inability to listen to her advice.

Something like, “OMG Anthony Weiner just texted me! Why do I always pick the worst guys?” or “Ugh, Jon sucks! I saved his ass and now he’s crowned King of the North. Hopefully, Baelish’s offer still stands…I am not going back there.”

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Jon Snow

Jon’s constant need to do the right thing has made him a fan favorite. In fact, they won’t let him die. But then, he is a bit “doom-and-gloom” at times, and he takes everything too seriously.

Jon’s tweets are likely to state what dire straits we are all in. “Trump is President, the UK has abandoned Europe, Russia is hacking the Net, and Winter is here.”

He’ll be sure to include some self-deprecating comments about what the right thing to do next will be. “Yes, I defeated Bolton and I am King of the North. Anyone else would’ve done the same thing. No time to celebrate, I’ve got to go build a wall, find Hilary and lock her up. Once I am King, I will make it all great again.”

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Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion’s wit is well known in Westeros, along with his admiration of women. You can always count on him to find humor in any situation and to always have his mind in the gutter. His tweets are bound to be funny, sexy and mocking. “Cersei has just had a MASSIVE tantrum and trashed the place. Jaime has been neglecting her again. She’s just discovered I’ve pinched all her wine and signed her up for an assertiveness gig on coachingjobs.com.”

Cersei Lannister

Cersei is a harsh, vengeful character. She has strong feelings of hatred for most people around her. In contrast, she does care about the people she loves fiercely. There is no middle ground where her emotions are.

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Her feed would verge on the inappropriate. Rants about incompetence would be common. “Why, oh why must I be surrounded by idiots? The next time I hear something stupid I’m going to burn this place to the ground!” This along with something a bit suggestive without being too full on – “Hey bro, what you up to tonight? Want to Netflix and chill with me?” Whatever she’s tweeting, she is not the person you want to enter into a Twitter war with. She’ll tear you down with her words or come after you in real life to exact her revenge!

But, then again, she has not met Lady Mormont. Now that would be a Twitter battle for the ages.

If this sounds all too familiar, it should. After all, life imitates art. Perhaps that is why everyone seems to love this show so much. We see too much of ourselves in these characters. Imagine how other famous people shape who we are and who will become. GoT help us all!

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The Gentle Art of Saying No

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No!

It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

  1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
  2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
  3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
  4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
  5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
  6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
  7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
  8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
  9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
  10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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