What could be cons & pros in the future with the way Indians are showing outrage on every topic or event? I was asked to which I responded:
There are NO pros that come to mind, none at all.
Why do I say that? Two reasons
- The outrage that we Indians show is ephemeral and dies out at the emergence of the next thing to outrage about; always around the corner. Nothing changes because of a trending topic on Twitter.
- Few, if any, of those outraging ever DO something about the issue. For instance, outraged that someone called India a poor country? Then what are you going to do to reduce poverty?
There are many cons. The most trite ones are
- Waste of time by all concerned.
- Some idiots are incited to violence.
- Media start thinking that this is what journalism is all about.
The REAL con is that we, citizens, get distracted by the wrong / insubstantial issues. Today the critical issues in India is not that someone is calling the country poor or some celebrity complaining about loud speakers. The critical issues are
- a significant section of the country feels unattached and unconnected to the rest of the peoples.
- government is intruding into our daily lives and decisions.
- the environment is being abused and we are leaving a poorer land for our children.
But few, if any, are speaking about this. because they are distracted by ‘outrage’ issues. This works perfectly well for those in power. I am reminded of whatthe American novelist once said “If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.”
Promoting outrage on social media is a magician’s (politician’s) trick. Best if we not fall for it.