"I’m having a fun time watching President Trump flood the news cycle with so many stories and outrages that no one can keep up. Here’s how the math of persuasion works in this situation:
1 outrage out of 3 headlines in a week: Bad Persuasion
25 outrages out of 25 headlines in a week: Excellent Persuasion
At the moment there are so many outrages, executive orders, protests, and controversies that none of them can get enough oxygen in our brains. I can’t obsess about problem X because the rest of the alphabet is coming at me at the same time."
Read more here at the article titled Outrage Dilution.
This is funny because it was exactly the impression Mr S. got and I posted about it here in More Conversations with Mr S. on Wednesday. Exerpt below.
"On a slightly different topic - last night we were watching Doomberg before going to bed when we had the following conversation because on twitter last night you could kinda see what was on schedule for today for the Trump Admin.
Me - do you think the world will melt down tomorrow?
Him - It's like an outrage a day. Maybe he is doing that on purpose.
Me - whaaaat?
Him - Maybe he is trying to overwhelm the system.
I look at him sideways.
Him - Well, you can only be so outraged. Maybe he's trying to drop all this stuff so it tires people out.
Me - Like the way they make protesters continuously walk now?
Him - Yeah."