In an Age of Propaganda, there usually a fixed target and all fear, anger, and hatred is thrown at the target.
The Left have chosen Donald Trump, and they keep hoping something will stick. People get angry one cue, but it is a shallow rage: the preachers of the Left pick a target, an angry flash mob plasters some shoddy quality propaganda posters on the Facebook as they rant on the Twitter...and then poof.
The momentum is lost.
It is hard to believe Facebook was a pariah this year. Everyone vowed to cancel their accounts because It Was Very Scary, and then they didn't save for a few goobers who reactivated their accounts, and then it all went back.
Remember Stormy Daniels and her attention-starved lawyer? The whole 60 Minutes interview? Somehow, it's not such a big thing, anymore.
So thirty seconds ago.
And now we are waving fists in the air over separated families. Outrage!
Flash-rage. Fleeting rage. Shallow rage.
Usually rage without focus is a dangerous thing, but this is a rage that is mechanical in nature. Slacktivist rage that is fast to come on, but the memories are short.
And then the next thing comes, and while the issue is nowhere near resolved, it is quickly forgotten.
Teflon rage. The anger that never sticks.
Because people are still holding out for They to clean up the mess. They should tell us what is fake news. It is as if public rage is seen as enough to let They know what mess to clean up, and that is good enough. People registered their disapproved, and hollered for their invisible servants to make the inconvenience to go away.
People remembered that once upon a time, journalists would shame someone, and then the government or police got involved and assured them that something was being done.
That collective habit never went away when social media came on the scene. The stimulus-response dynamic is still there, except with more gossip and stories that require a knee-jerk reaction, the potency of such behaviour has dwindled down. Ride out the storm because another incident will grab attention soon enough.
Without the emotional and intellectual investment progress needs to push forward, flash-rage overtakes the real kind, and people explode for a moment, only to forget why they were angry in the first place...