Thursday, December 29, 2022

Manufactured Outrage

No one’s on TeeVee/the Intertoobs telling you to punch an airline employee in the face for Freedumb.

I was recently in a small store in a small town in Texas whose main business was selling candles they made. They also screen printed their own t-shirts, most of which bore anti-mask legends. The candles were selling well. The t-shirts weren’t drawing any interest at all. That outrage is pretty much over.

I’ve been in stores that still ask you to wear a mask, and visited a hospital with the same requirements. Nobody seems to mind.

When social expectations collapse, our reaction is usually one of calm, not rage. Rage against the machine is more often manufactured than spontaneous.

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