Outrage Fatigue. Urban Dictionary defines it as:
the exhaustion and entropy that occurs from too much outrage. Occurs in waves, often during peak election cycles. Outrage fatigue tends to afflict politically active people, and can be worse when your party is not in power, or has a power deficit. It escalates during environmental catastrophes, especially ones that are caused by human negligence. It also develops during troublesome economic times like corporate bailouts and high unemployment. Outrage fatigue may threaten close friendships.
Every day we see a new outrage of some form or another. And it really makes no difference what side of a topic you are on – the outrage is there for all. Of course, one person/side’s outrage may be the other sides’ well deserved schadenfreude. For example, I have numerous family members, friends and acquaintances from over the years that I have re-connected with on Facebook who tilt more than a bit to the right of the political spectrum and can only shake my head at some of the things they post as being representative of “what liberals think.”
We all, however, eventually reach a point where we just become numb to the latest outrage. Just this week we’ve seen the whines of Cardinal Roger Mahony on how he is being humiliated by questions on his handling of pedophile priests. Mr Pierce provides us a weekly ’round-up’ of crazy from various state legislatures, this week supplemented by Phoenix Woman. Marcy Wheeler continues to track our lost civil liberties by following the hearings for John Brennan’s nomination as CIA Director.
We see new Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren causing bankster heartburn by having the audacity to question banksters and regulators both (via Politico):
Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, came out blazing Thursday in her first high-profile appearance as a member of the Senate Banking Committee, ripping into regulators and starkly suggesting banks might be cooking their books.
Her performance struck immediate fear into some of the loftiest corner offices on Wall Street and lobby shops on K Street. Bankers in New York and Washington called her portrayal of the industry deeply unfair and said it did not account for the many tests applied in recent years.
The bankers spoke mostly on condition that they not be identified by name or firm because they have to deal with Warren for the next six years at least.
I would say it is a good thing for the banksters to feel a touch of fear. I’d rather they and the pedophile enablers hear the clang of the door closing behind them at the Gray Bar Hotel but that wish is mostly not going to be fulfilled. If the only option is people like Cardinal Mahony and various banksters get a bit discomfited, then we should do all we can to encourage their unease.
One small piece of news that might have escaped your notice is the report yesterday of a member of the US Soccer Team, Robbie Rogers, coming out as gay then immediately retiring. No, that is not the good news. The good news in this is the support he has received from his teammates. There will come a day when it will no longer be a big news story that an athlete is gay and has the support of teammates. Stories like that of Robbie Rogers and the responses will hopefully make that day come a tad bit sooner.
And because I can: