It’s election season, so I hear the term outrage bandied about a lot, but what people are mostly talking about is fauxrage. Outrage spurs action. Ways you can express outrage:

  • Going to a public meeting and speaking to public officials
  • Meeting or corresponding privately with public officials
  • Rioting
  • Picketing
  • Canvassing
  • Boycotting
  • Voting

Outrage does not lead to sitting. The only exception I can think of is if you boycott an online seller. If you can shop on your ass, you can boycott on your ass. If your outrage spurs you to sit on your couch and make angry Facebook posts or angry tweets or rate something down on Reddit, you are not outraged. You are fauxraged. Please keep your fauxrage to yourself. The rest of us are sick of hearing it.

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5 thoughts on “Fauxrage

  1. “If you can shop on your ass, you can boycott on your ass.”
    That wins my quote of the day award. There is no actual award, but…I enjoyed your post.

    I on-my-ass boycott Amazon, so I’m feeling genu-rage.

      1. I used to embrace Amazon, but they avoid UK taxes and use aggressively exploitative employment tactics, as a core part of their business model. I can happily buy books online from more ethical retailers and don’t mind if I have to wait an extra day to receive said luxury purchases, as a result.

  2. I don’t know about the UK taxes thing, but I know people who work for them that really love it. I do know that working in their warehouses isn’t great, on the other hand, I don’t know any warehouse job that is great, but I understand making your purchases elsewhere. I think voting with your dollars (or pounds) is an important part of ethical living. I think more people should consider how and where they spend their money.

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