The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed a conviction to stand, where the individual was convicted of making violent threats on Facebook.
Our nation is consumed by a culture of perpetual outrage. Many go out of their way to be extremely rude. Many go out of their way to be offended. Comments are twisted by the alleged victim to insist the perpetrator meant something they did not say. Regardless of what is said, someone will find a way to be outraged!
Everyone is in a constant state of outrage over something.
Rather than seek a way to reduce tension, everyone seeks to exacerbate tension. Social media amplifies the faux outrage of the media talking heads who fill air time and column inches with their own outrage, and amplifies absurd statements by prominent politicians.
The result is protesters ransacking communities but who can’t coherently explain what they are protesting against or what they seek.
The point is not to seek positive change – the point is to be outraged.
We have achieved a culture of perpetual outrage.
- “Is #socialmedia “perpetual outrage” a sign of mental health issues? #Anxiety #MentalHealth“
- “Social media contributes to destruction, feeds upon the ‘culture of perpetual outrage‘”.
Nice to see media has their priorities straight in regards to the Las Vegas shooting/terror attack. Screen capture taken from DuckDuckGo on 10/2/2017 after searching for “Las Vegas News”. 4 of the first six items were celebrity gossip and two were news about the massacre.
Many protesters do not even know what it is they are outraged about. The whole point now is to be outraged!
Here in the Portland, Oregon area, protests are a way of life. The joke here is “What are they protesting?” with the standard answer “Whatever, no one really knows.”
I saw this item in the Oregonian – the University of Oregon president was set to announce a $50 million dollar gift to the university but protestors shut him down and he never took the podium. As is typical in Oregon, “The loud group of a few dozen students did not have a cohesive message”
The entire point is to be outraged – you no longer need be outraged about anything specific! The point is to be outraged!
I also saw a new item about a report of a noose found in a college dormitory (not at U of O), leading an official response from the university president and a formal police investigation about racism on campus. Ultimately it was determined that the “noose” was a shoelace, in its original store packaging. A student had inadvertently dropped and lost his just purchased shoelace in the dorm. Some else hung the package on a door knob opening to a public stairwell, in hopes that the visibility would enable the lost item to be found. Another student interpreted the standard way this brand of shoelace is placed inside the packaging as a “noose” and called campus police. Today, everything and anything is seen as an excuse for outrage.
We are in peak outrage culture land now.