The Wall Street Journal has this opinion piece:
America Is Addicted to Outrage. Is There a Cure?
A healthy society reserves anger for special occasions. Today taking offense has become a reflex.
No, they are not outraged.
They are emotionally illiterate, competitive, self-entitled, and conniving, and they are bored and ungrateful, as they are terrified.
That’s it. There is no genuine core for the antics, if you had a genuine press, they would tell people to go fuck themselves, and grow up.
But they can’t because they are too deluded and cowardly to speak the truth.
France 24, the kings of delusional thought have this knee-slapper:
How Trump's bashing of The New York Times and CNN has benefited all
Journalism hasn’t benefitted, you dumb motherfuckers: jobs are being lost, and news consumption continues to go down; so these tools do not know what the fuck they are puking.
What is happening is nothing new. In the 1990s, journalism relied on “super-stories”, such as the personal life of Princess Diana, the trial of OJ Simpson, and the impeachment hearing of Bill Clinton to try to whip up emotional gossip-frenzy and ratings…and there would be a seeming spike in news consumption, but then, the crash, because the overall audiences were still abandoning them.
Because it doesn’t work.
But as outlets are as historically illiterate, they forget, or think people forget.
No, I remember.
Because I multi-literate.
But there is a dirty little secret Big Tech is trying to hide: that their numbers are far worse than people actually know.
Those so-called “Russian bots” were inflating the numbers of alleged users and followers, and they were getting rich from the exaggerated figures. Fake users, fake followers, it was all for show.
If the followers are bloated, then so is the outrage.
It is not real.
There is a study in psych where cockroaches racing ran faster if other cockroaches were watching.
And the cockroaches on the Internet are thumping their chests louder and harder for the same reason.
But don’t buy the hype. It’s all bullshit…