It’s an outrage…

Has anyone else noticed how often that ‘outrage’ appears in newspaper and online news headlines these days?

I had to remind myself what it actually means, so often do I come across it:

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It’s the ‘anger’, ‘resentment’, ‘violates’, ‘brutality’ that bother me, when 99% of these stories demonstrate none of these things, merely lazy churnalism and efforts to create clickbait.

When was the last time you were really outraged by something?

Semantic bleaching again – overuse a word and it ceases to have any impact.

I’m not providing examples and driving traffic toward any of them – you know who they are. But imagine spending three years to get a degree in journalism and then being constantly driven (or subbed) to turn every story into an example of outrage?

It’s outrageous!

 

Cattle Decapitation…

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…are an extreme metal band from the U.S., who I have been listening to quite a lot on Spotify recently.

While cooking yesterday, I called up some of their tracks on YouTube to keep me company as the pork chop rinds were crisping away in the oven.

Later on in the evening, I mentioned to Mrs A how much I had enjoyed listening to Cattle Decapitation while making lunch. And, as a result, for the second time in a week, she called into question my credentials as a civilised human being.

She actually thought that I was listening to the sound of cows having their heads cut off – and getting off to it so much that I was extolling its charms to her.

I sometimes wonder what I’ve done to deserve such judgments…

 

Cruelty to poppies…

As we approach Remembrance Day, the local high street has big poppies on all the lampposts. On driving through yesterday, I conjectured idly that it all might have been a bit different had the person given the job to put them up misheard or misunderstood the brief.

I was imagining ‘puppies’ being nailed to posts for the mile or so strip of suburbia.

Mrs A said that I had “a very sick mind!”

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This post in no way endorses cruelty to poppies puppies!