May 8, 2013
This piece is written in response to these three articles which have appeared within the past couple of weeks
1) Hooked on outrage in the Twitter wars by Jacqueline Maley, 20 April Fairfax
2) The left takes a turn for the ugly as power slips through Labor’s grasp by Chris Johnson, 28 April Fairfax
3) Feminist backs Abbott on ‘calibre’ comment by Heath Aston and Jonathan Swan, 7 May Fairfax
What these three articles share in common is a criticism of how people, particularly those on the Left, use Twitter to express outrage at comments made by Tony Abbott, Alan Jones, and the politician Dennis Jensen. These three articles use outrage-shaming to mock the reaction of the Left to insensitive and offensive comments from the Right.
Outrage-shaming occurs when people in mainstream media (MSM) use it as a pulpit to shame…
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