It's no secret our society has become increasingly impatient. In a world where you can sext your other half, Skype with your aunt in Mexico, and snap a selfie of yourself on the toilet all at the same time, it's no wonder we've become so efficient at using our time. But unfortunately, that impatience has spread to other facets of life, which brings us to today's topic: the fleeting beast of public outrage. It's just amazing how we the public can be so dramatically outraged by something... only to not do anything about it, forget it entirely five minutes later, and then move onto something else to be livid and worked up about.
Ah, the Washington Redskins. Remember how mad you were about that a few months ago? Yeah, we don't either. It's amazing, isn't it, how quickly we forget? We're just glad the heat has finally blown over and the Washington Redskins can go back to sucking ass again, quietly and in peace.
And let's not forget America's favorite nerdy, anorexic Bond villain, Martin Shkreli, the guy that hiked up the price of an AIDS medication by 5,500%. Last month, people were absolutely furious at him and wanted his head on a pike... Now, though, not so much.
It's like the world's worst game show, Wheel of Outrage. Every time we spin the wheel, we find something else to hyperfocus our rage on, while simultaneously forgetting everything else we were so mad about.
It's wacky fun for the whole family! Who knows what we'll be mad at next?
And it's not just the quickness in which we change and redirect our scorn. The other funny thing about public outrage is how quickly it can turn in the opposite direction. Like, how one minute we absolutely hate someone or something... and the next minute we just can't get enough of them. We're looking at you, Chris Brown, you woman-beating-piece-of-shit.
Now, if you'll excuse us, we've got to go check Tumblr out to see what the outrage du jour is. It's been like 5 minutes and we are way behind on what everyone's pissed off at right now.
Cheers and stay livid, folks,
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