Saturday, September 19, 2015

from The American Conservative, Noah Millman on outrage porn

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/millman/fighting-outrage-porn-addiction/
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Outrage is a kind of drug, one that gives the illusion of involvement, of caring, when [it] really derives its power from an emotional and informational distance that the stories themselves then strive to deepen, laying the groundwork for the next piece of outrage porn to do its work. And thus proceeds an addictive cycle.
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And I don’t know what to do about that. In my own life, and my own writing, I strive to follow the line from “Wargames” – “the only way to win is not to play.” As a consequence, outrage, like cheap vodka, which once seemed to reduce my inhibitions and make me feel strong and confident, now makes me feel a bit ill, and puts me to sleep.


But without it, the job of blogging is a whole lot harder.

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