Friday, July 13, 2012
The Age of Outrage
My latest piece for the Daily Banter is now up, and it expands on and summarizes my thoughts on a conversation that's been going on pretty much nonstop here, via e-mail, on Facebook and on the podcast for the last few days: Daniel Tosh's rape joke and the reaction to it.
Here's the opening shot:
"There are a few subjects that I feel like I’ve written about so often that when they inevitably come up again, I’m at a loss to say anything about them that I haven’t said before. It’s one of the occupational hazards of blogging steadily for six years: You just run out of clever twists to put on the subjects you’re passionate about and which inspire you to speak up and so you essentially wind up recycling all your previous points and arguments while hoping no one notices how tedious you’ve become. (This is known as 'Greenwalding.') Among my cast of rotating regular topics, there’s Nancy Grace doing something despicable, Fox News doing something unethical and not giving a damn what anyone thinks about it, and the subject I’ve been embroiled in an ongoing online debate over for the past 48 hours: a comedian or entertainer saying something offensive and the whole world losing its fucking mind..."
Read the Rest Here