Why You Mad Hoe?
Always Angry. You could never tell
In my intermediate writing class, we were tasked to write a 6-word biography. A string of words that describes us to someone who may not understand. I chose the phrase up above for many reasons. For one, I have a passion for social, political and miniscule issues and I never have an outlet for them. For two, it’s sometimes easy to just sit and get all the facts before letting out your real anger. I bring this up because outrage culture and cancel culture are two trend that aren’t making the internet a fun place anymore. It’s getting too out of hand
For those of you don’t know what I mean, these two trends go hand-in-hand. Social media has allowed any millenial with a keyboard to bitch something that they only have surface level knowledge. Cancel culture has allowed people to put someone on pause for something that, in the grand scheme of things, won’t matter in two months. I’ve been on the internet for a long time now and I have seen the rise and fall of many “social movements” invented for people around my age to “take a stand” and “join a movement” (anybody remember #StopKony2012?)
I know this post is going to sound like I’m outraged over outrage culture and… well sort of. I not mad at what they are being outraged about because everyone is allowed to have opinions. I am more mad that something is getting a bigger reaction than it should. The more you give something attention online, the more you are giving that topic the wings to flourish and become that days trending topic. Plus, no one offers nuance or research to the topic they are outraged by. It comes to a point where we are guided by our own feelings on the topic without looking at all the information provided to form our own opinions. Remember, “Facts aren’t Feelings” I heard someone say.
Some recent pop culture events has led me to question if we have a right to be outraged about. For instance, Esquire released the cover and feature for their latest issue. On the cover showcased a white teenage boy from middle America with the deck that read “what’s it like to grow up white, middle class and male in the era of social media, school shooting, toxic masculinity, #MeToo and a divided country.” Immediately my first thought was, really? During black history month we want to showcase a voice that already gets the microphone at any given point? Then, I saw all the outrage around it and now I had to read it to see the hype. I get it, I know what they were trying to do and the feature itself was technically well written and reported on very well, building scenes of a Midwestern high school and the everyday goings on of a young person, but the subject left me wanting more. The point I’m making is everyone got mad because they saw a few buzzwords and didn’t know how to react but to be angry. I hate to be the guy that says “people are too sensitive” but why be outraged over something you do not have the full context of.
There are a million other instances where outrage culture has been taken a bit too far for overly petty reasons. From rising Youtube star Emma Chamberlain to rapper A$AP Rocky, it seems when does something you or anyone else doesn’t like, it’s time to bitch about it on your timeline to the seven people who listen to your tweets. I’m not saying you should avoid social media at all cost, but just be aware of what is going on. So, how do we handle this trend of outrage culture and cancelling… everything?
Get all the facts before jumping to conclusion: This goes without saying, but you cannot always trust what’s on the internet. So, have a healthy bit of scepticism before decide to be angry something today.
Don’t feed into everything: Mob mentality is not a trap you should fall into. “Stan” culture can be very toxic and feeding into what’s popular may not be the move (see Black Mirror season 3 episode “Hated in the Nation”)
Be angry about the right things: We are all allowed to have an opinion on issues, but it shouldn’t always result in the notion of “I’m fucking angry! Hear me roar!!!” There are moments when that anger is justified. Take for instance the numerous sexual assault allegations from the entertainment industries top executives. Those motives have larger implications for people not in that specific industry but could spread.
If you’re gonna be angry, stick to your word: Your word and your truth are the only things promised in life. Why waste it back tracking on all those comments you made that you didn’t mean? If someone is cancelled to you, then don’t give them the support or attention they deserve. You cause more harm than good by feeding into the toxic mob mentality.
So, before you decide to get angry about something you see online, ask yourself “Is it worth it being mad about it?”
I’m Taylor with
Moore to Say