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Six Quick Thoughts on Our Outrage Culture

“If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.” Ever see that sentence on a bumper sticker (or sign, or t-shirt, or tweet, etc.)? I can hardly think of a phrase that better sums up our current culture.

Sure, outrage is nothing new in American life. The sixties proved to be decade full of protest and unrest. And let’s not forget that a little thing we call the American Revolution was sparked with a lot of indignation over taxation and self-governance, or lack thereof. We could multiply examples.

But now in contemporary America, I wonder if we’ve become particularly good at outrage, directing it at everything from commencement speakers to clothing choices.