We are living in the most outraged society in history. No one cares a little bit about anything. It seems that on every topic and issue, people are either zealous supporters, angry protesters or intentionally and completely apathetic.
We are living in the most outraged society in history.
No one cares a little bit about anything. It seems that on every topic and issue, people are either zealous supporters, angry protesters or intentionally and completely apathetic.
But none of that excitement or outrage is real. The apathy might be.
Thanks to talk radio, cable television news networks and social media, everyone is fighting for attention.
My son from Ethiopia suffers from this. When there are 25 kids and only six caretakers in a home, you have to be the loudest voice to be heard, the saddest child to get comforted and the sickest to get medical attention.
That why all of these talking heads said their political enemy is Hitler. Calling George W. Bush or Barack Obama Hitler gets attention. Saying, “I think this policy has some positive aspects but would have an overall negative impact” just won’t draw ratings or interest on social media platforms.
Bill Press and Michelle Malkin provided a good example of this recently.
Press, a liberal radio host, announced he was on a major crusade to get rid of the National Anthem because it is difficult to sing and includes military jargon.
“Are we (Americans) the only ones who are brave on the planet? I mean all the brave people live here. I mean it’s just stupid I think,” Press said. “I’m embarrassed; I’m embarrassed every time I hear it.”
Sure he is.
The fact that you have probably never heard of this guy before he tried to strip the country of its national anthem is the only reason he said it at all.
Press knew that by voicing those words and positing it by saying, “you’re going to say I’m not patriotic” that all of the right-wing publicity grabbers would jump on that political pendulum and swing on it all of the way back across the political spectrum.
Malkin can’t help herself. She has never met a comment that doesn’t demonstrate how correct Republicans are and how damaging Democrats are to America’s core ideals.
“What’s telling to me is just the radical progressive rejection of American exceptionalism,” Malkin said as she wrapped herself in the flag before reciting all of the key words and catch phrases. “And I think there is a teachable moment there about how much hostility these people have towards patriotism in this country.”
Press got exactly what he wanted. Without a bad guy, who do the good guys defeat?
Professional wrestling needs its heels in order to generate heroes.
Right-wing talk show hosts need targets for their outrage.
Unfortunately, both games are equally credible and useful to society.
Kent Bush writes for the Augusta (Kan.) Gazette.