Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Antidote to Outrage Porn



My friend Kevin Tierney coined the phrase "outrage porn" to describe the addiction to outrage that the media - especially the right wing media - is encouraging in us.

But here's a great article at the Imaginative Conservative that provides the antidote - an antidote that is Chestertonian, Tolkienian and even Churchillian!  It's about Fighting a Just War - which comes down to fighting a just Culture War.

A sample ...

Our journalism need not strain itself to reach the apex of moral outrage. Children speak of small things in big and loud ways. Poets speak of big things in small and quiet ways. It is my humble suggestion that we take the latter as our example. Let us stop attempting to bother each other into a frenzy of political outrage. Let us instead stand atop our wagons and recite “St. Crispin’s Day” for all to hear. This may be antiquated and idealistic, but it is for love of the old world and of impossible aspirations that I became a conservative in the first place.


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why does everything have to be "porn" now? "Outrage Porn" "Food Porn" "Word Porn" "Travel Porn" "Torture Porn" etc...

Dr. Eric

Kevin Tierney said...

I originally used the term in a polemical, but I believe justified context.

If there's one thing everyone understands about pornography, it's addictive. Not only is it addictive, but it requires harder and harder doses to continue getting the stimuli functioning in the brain. What starts out as an innocent peeking at a playboy normally goes to some really perverse stuff within a decade or so. (Or you just skip that and go online!)

A lot of the outrage is done in a similar way nowadays. The more we become focuses on outrage, the more it consumes us, and the more of it we need to produce the desired effect. This is why everything is a major scandal, and apologists turn minor disagreements into epic crusades of good and evil. We need to be perpetually outraged and conduct our discourse in that manner.

In that sense our addicition to outrage really is pornographic in nature.