Outrage culture is a big, toxic problem. Why do we take part? And how can we stop?

Fri, 22 Mar 2024 19:54:11 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"“Outrage culture” is pervasive in the digital age. It refers to our collective
tendency to react, often with intense negativity, to developments around us.

Usually this ire is directed at perceived transgressions. The internet wasted
no time in raging at Taylor Swift when she received Album of The Year at the
Grammys, seemingly frustrated by her lack of acknowledgement of Celine Dion,
who presented the award.

Whether or not Swift’s behaviour could be considered rude isn’t the point. The
point is the backlash arguably wasn’t proportionate to the crime. This
so-called “snub” incident is, therefore, a good example of how quickly and
easily people will jump on the online hate train.

Modern outrage culture, which is also known as call-out culture and is linked
to cancel culture, often devolves into a toxic spiral. People wanting clout
compete to produce the meanest and most over-the-top commentary, stifling open
dialogue and demonising those who make mistakes."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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