Outrage inflation

January 17, 2006

A comment by Jon Henke on this Brendan Nyhan post claims that excessive use of outrage in political discourse has made it more difficult to point out things which are actually outrageous. I think this is an excellent point. Though individuals may legitimately be outraged over different topics, there is an abundance of phony, manufactured outrage these days that causes people to ignore stories that may actually be worth their attention. We may disagree on which topics deserve our outrage, but I think the point itself is sound.


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