2014 presented its fair share of clothes and activities for trendy people to follow (see Viva Creative video). But perhaps one of the trendiest things to do this year was be outraged. Slate magazine called this "The Year of Outrage", documenting "about how outrage has taken over our lives."
The article features an interactive graphic of what they call "the rage-a-day calendar". The entire article can be found here.
The Slate piece notes that the outrage often jumps immediately from level 1 to 10...
"...Regardless of the gravity of the offense, which can make each outrage feel forgettable, replaceable. The bottomlessness of our rage has a numbing effect." (Link)One of the most interesting layers about this article came from the accompanying piece in the always great Slate Political Gabfest podcast.
"There are people... who get off of Twitter and Facebook because... there is this toxicity that comes in from these 'immediately right to the harshest level' debates that come into what used to be polite society." (Link)This Slate article came out not too long after Wild Fell (and "Life, Measured Out In Labradors") author Michael Rowe wrote "The ability to maintain perspective, one of the oldest and most valuable lessons we learn in life, could be the one most quickly lost," in his article:
|This amusing video from Viva Create pokes fun at some of the popular non-verbal messaging of the year. (Click on the picture or here to go to their site to watch their video.)|
|Bell bottom jeans are out. Outrage is in. Here, an outrage a day, both worthy and not. Source: Slate.com (Link)|
Of course, social media can also provide access to the antithesis of outrage. Here, for example, is nothing but a four minute drive through a snowy Royal Deeside, posted by Balmoral Castle's Twitter feed (Link):