POLL: America is addicted to a culture of outrage

We’ve gotten so addicted to our culture of outrage that you might have noticed this week, while we were mourning the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, that it wasn’t as prevalent. But if you think the culture of outrage has magically disappeared, it hasn’t.

It'll be back to business as usual, soon, if it isn’t already. All you'll have to do is turn on cable news or go on social media to see it at work. We're always outraged about something. Dan Gainor at the Media Research Center says social media is what's driving this, and why it's on steroids compared to its start in 2000.

“The media fuels the outrage, but they fuel it through social media. Social media is the tool everyone is using,” Gainor said.

But it's the mainstream media can slow it down, if it wanted to.

“Be more professional. Stop chasing outrage so much. Don’t report every little thing that some minor celebrity says as major, national news,” Gainor explained.

And maybe they should just follow the example of Congressman-Elect Dan Crenshaw, who could have been outraged over what Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson did to him last month, but instead, took the high road.

 

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