Ever get so angry that your head felt hot? Do thoughts and ideas tap into your rage? Do these feelings follow you throughout the day? Are you triggered easily online? Welcome, my friends, to the Emotional Outrage Machine ™. Fed my algorithms, ideologies, social media and a misguided sense of personal righteousness, the Emotional Outrage Machine ™ is a system of thought propagation that exploits human emotional connection to expand its reach throughout society. The Emotional Outrage Machine ™ has no political or ideological preference, it is an agnostic system who's framework is used by anyone who chooses to exploit it. Mad at the patriarchy? Emotional Outrage Machine ™. Hate the government? Emotional Outrage Machine ™. Are secret organizations trying to make your child gay? Emotional Outrage Machine ™. It is an equal opportunity system that wants to propagate the programing you give it.
The difficulty of living in a world that is primarily digital where algorithms determine access to information is that the Emotional Outrage Machine ™ has been given unfettered access to promote any mind virus that one sets out to propagate. Those who have the will and means can throw their agenda into the matrix and expect feedback from a system that is literally designed to extend the message's reach. The limits are only in the craft of the one's ability to tug the right emotional balance - a true propagandist.
Dear reader, I implore you to unplug periodically. Give your mind a rest from the Emotional Outrage Machine ™. Give your thoughts some well reasoned challenges where you are away from a screen or device - allow your brain to process ideas without the influence of someone else's perceptions. Don't be a robot that is easily programmed by the will of others. Use critical thinking to explore arguments. If you embrace the idea of freethinking - make sure that it is free of emotional exploitation ( a logic fallacy in itself).