I’m tired of outrage culture.
Obviously it’s exhausting to see the internet only get mad at whatever is trending on a given day. But that’s not what I’m talking about.
I’m tired of the blindness. Every time outrage is communicated online, it’s an empty roar. This is the best way I know of to describe it:
Imagine seeing the shadow of a large man flailing his arms in anger. You can’t see the man making up the shadow, because he is tucked behind a corner. You just see that this large man is clearly upset. You study the shadow and are intimidated by it, and wonder what the meaning is behind this shadows great angst.
In order to see the man behind the shadow, you walk closer. You turn the corner and brace yourself to face the giant who is making all this commotion. And, alas, it’s not a man at all, but a small toddler throwing a temper tantrum. He’s crying because he didn’t get his way.
“What’s wrong little boy?”
“Life’s not fair!”
“What would you like to do about that?”
…no answer. The conversation is drowned out by only more shrieking and crying.
This is the blindness I’m talking about. Outrage culture seems to be a means unto itself. Getting outraged is the end game. Not progress, not productivity, not action. Just outrage for the sake of outrage.
If you’re going to get upset, don’t you think a mature adult would then offer a suggestion for how to translate your outrage into a productive solution?
Grow up people.
Here’s one way to do something that actually benefits the world. 🙂