Yeah, I am usually pretty slow to notice trends as they’re happening but this seemed to come at me from nowhere and now it’s everywhere. Even with news outlets whose perspectives I would ostensibly agree with, if I see this kind of purple prose I just think, ugh, and I’m much less inclined to even click it.
I don’t know anyone who exists at this level of outrage, that finds this kind of crap at all useful. It’s like the narrative flipped from this kind of 80s, “keep them sleeping/buying” media attitude, like They Live. But now it’s all, we’ve got to keep them whipped up in a lather 24/7! Are they trying to give us a coronary? Do they want us dead?