Monday, January 8, 2018

#8 / Kudzu Outrage

I am always in the market for a good metaphor. In his Washington Post column on December 27, 2017, Hugh Hewitt said Americans were "addicted to outrage." He specifically called out kudzu, a family of "climbing, coiling, and trailing perennial vines," as the biological equivalent to the phenomenon of political outrage:

Outrage is the kudzu of all media platforms. It will cover us all completely soon enough.

Kudzu does pretty much take over everything, once it gets started. I think Hewitt is right that we had best beware that our politics not succumb to the coiling outrage that seems so justified, so often, but that can choke out everything else. Including effective political action!

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