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Jul 20, 2012
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  Outrage is like a lot of other things that feel good but, over time, devour us from the inside out. Except it’s even more insidious than most vices because we don’t even consciously acknowledge that it’s a pleasure. We prefer to think of it as a disagreeable but fundamentally healthy reaction to negative stimuli, like pain or nausea, rather than admit that it’s a shameful kick we eagerly indulge again and again, like compulsive masturbation.
  
  And, as with all vices, vast and lucrative industries are ready to supply the necessary material. It sometimes seems as if most of the news consists of outrage porn, selected specifically to pander to our impulse to judge and punish, to get us off on righteous indignation.
  
  —Tim Kreider, “Isn’t It Outrageous?” collected in We Learn Nothing

Outrage is like a lot of other things that feel good but, over time, devour us from the inside out. Except it’s even more insidious than most vices because we don’t even consciously acknowledge that it’s a pleasure. We prefer to think of it as a disagreeable but fundamentally healthy reaction to negative stimuli, like pain or nausea, rather than admit that it’s a shameful kick we eagerly indulge again and again, like compulsive masturbation.

And, as with all vices, vast and lucrative industries are ready to supply the necessary material. It sometimes seems as if most of the news consists of outrage porn, selected specifically to pander to our impulse to judge and punish, to get us off on righteous indignation.

—Tim Kreider, “Isn’t It Outrageous?” collected in We Learn Nothing

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  1. lyall reblogged this from somethingchanged and added:
    I’m over self-serving outrage. How about more reflection then acting responsibly?
  2. somearepeople reblogged this from austinkleon
  3. teenage-fbi reblogged this from somethingchanged and added:
    Outrage is like a lot of other things that feel good but, over time, devour us from the inside out. Except it’s even...
  4. ban-nigheachain reblogged this from austinkleon
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  7. reekloose reblogged this from austinkleon and added:
    couldn’t agree more with this statement. we get a daily outrage update and it’s usually with some silly story ment to...
  8. feralmango reblogged this from austinkleon
  9. lamonstruazeta reblogged this from austinkleon
  10. themundaneworld reblogged this from austinkleon and added:
    I feel like this every other day I think. Outrage porn is a great term that everyone should be familiar with.
  11. adamcasalino said: wow really good insight
  12. jratlee reblogged this from gina and added:
    "outrage porn."
  13. soylenth reblogged this from austinkleon and added:
    This is one of those things I really need to watch in myself.
  14. thecoloursyouhad reblogged this from somethingchanged
  15. gina reblogged this from jedsundwall
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