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Are We Living In A More Aggressive World — Or Is Outrage Amplified By The Media?

Experts join Houston Matters to discuss the culture of outrage in our modern world.



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If you've spent any amount of time on the Internet, you may have encountered any number of forms of outrage. In fact, people seem so frequently outraged online that the term "outrage culture" has become fairly commonplace.

The causes can vary from relatively inconsequential — like people who really hated Star Wars: The Last Jedi, to actually harmful and abusive — like the GamerGate controversy in 2014 where several women were harassed and even received death threats because of their criticisms of how video games and other media portray women.

And then there are those examples of aggression beyond the digital space — road rage, bullying, and — perhaps more relevantly — school shootings.

So, do we find ourselves living in a significantly more aggressive world than before, or is it just easier to notice with increased access through media? And whether we are more aggressive than years past or not, how do we curb this problem? Is there something to be said for how men handle aggression as opposed to women?

Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks with guests from the University of Houston: Chris Scott, associate director of Counseling and Psychological Services, and Elizabeth Gregory, director of Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies, and Dr. Lucas Logan, assistant professor of communication studies at UH-Downtown.