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!

 

Every time…

I try to take The Indie seriously, and every time it throws a pop-up at me enjoining me to sign up for a VIP membership, this sort of thing brings me down to earth, and closes my wallet: Why speculation over Shawn Mendes’s sexuality must stop right now: ‘Celebrity fauxmances’ have been a running joke since the days of Rock Hudson, but Adam White asks whether it’s time we do better

I don’t know what a ‘fauxmance’ is and I don’t want to know.

Is this a news outlet or something just clambering on to the next trending memetic rubbish for idiots?

Even the most intelligently bereft must know about the huge issues facing us at the moment, from climate change, to Russian interference in Western elections, to Donald Trump and his UK doppelgänger, Boris Johnson.

But certain news outlets don’t care about this; they want us to leave comments on social media about celebs…

Were I not an atheist, I’d be shouting ‘ God help us all!’ into an empty sky.

p.s. I don’t know who Shawn Mendes is either…