We’ve become an Outrage Culture

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the two men in a Philadelphia Starbucks who were escorted out by police.

It’s the most recent non-national “national” news story to spread like wildfire.

My local newspaper’s website Syracuse.com had this headline: Video of 2 black men being removed from a Starbucks draws outrage, investigation.

One employee at one Starbucks location calls the cops on two guys that aren’t buying anything, and immediately outraged Americans from coast to coast are calling for a boycott of Starbucks.


Are you kidding me?

Can I just point out that unless you are one of those two men, if your response is outrage, you need to gain some perspective.

Then again, I have come to believe that America in 2018 has become infested with an Outrage Culture.

And this Outrage Culture is a byproduct of our Social Media Age.

Social media is populated by people whose entire raison d’être is to be perpetually pissed off.

It’s as if they wake up every day hoping that something enrages them.

I mean, consider this. How desperate must you be to find a reason to be angry if you’re even willing to get outraged at yourself for the temerity of being white?

It must be exhausting to live like that.

And don’t tell me this outrage over what happened at a single Starbucks in a city you don’t live in is about empathy or compassion.

Because it isn’t.

It’s about stirring the shit.

For heaven’s sake, not everything is about you! And life’s too damn short to waste time and energy getting outraged over things that have nothing to do with you.

But this is what happens with social media voyeurism.

Thanks to some nosy Lookie Loo pulling out a smart phone, filming an incident, then uploading it to Twitter, tons of people can fulfill their Outrage quota for the day.

After the incident last year when a United Airlines passenger was dragged off a flight, I wrote:

But I do worry that we’re becoming a society of onlookers. We see tragedy, violence — or even an isolated incident — as nothing more than drama for our viewing pleasure.

And even worse, we’re not just content to passively watch these incidents unfold. But we also choose to film them for the viewing pleasure of others.

And let’s be honest, there are some who take pleasure at being outraged. Clearly it fills some need in their empty lives.

And the people who film these incidents obviously want others to be as outraged as they are.

This is why it didn’t surprise me that the woman who uploaded the video of the incident at Starbucks had this in her Twitter bio:

But I don’t understand it. I really don’t.

Do they have nothing better to do with their time and energy than constantly stir the shit?

What a sad and miserable way to live.

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6 thoughts on “We’ve become an Outrage Culture

  • April 15, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    I didn’t realize David Hogg was protesting against Starbucks now!

  • April 15, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    It used to be that things like this wouldn’t have made the local news let alone go further.

  • April 16, 2018 at 8:21 am

    I was in the restaurant business for 37 years and I would not have allowed two people to sit around my restaurants if they were not paying customers. Why should I?

  • April 16, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    So you say that the two of you are professional businessmen dealing in commercial real estate?

    Maybe you shouldn’t dress like two thugs from the neighborhood!

  • April 16, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    I seem to recall this Melissa DePino has been actively anti-Trump, anti-conservative, etc., etc., etc. She kind of went off the rails on election night.

  • April 29, 2018 at 11:17 am

    I intend to boycott starbucks for their response to the “incident”

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