Trayvon Protesters: Beware 'Indignation Fatigue'

Let's ease up on the hoodies and T-shirts for now: Meghan Daum
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2012 12:38 PM CDT
Trayvon Protesters: Beware 'Indignation Fatigue'
T-shirts for sale on a stand in Miami's Liberty City neighborhood during a rally on April 4 in Miami, Florida.   (Getty Images)

Now that the Florida state attorney's office has begun investigating the Trayvon Martin shooting, "it might be a good idea to give the tweeting and the T-shirts and the hoodie meme a rest," writes Meghan Daum in the Los Angeles Times. For starters, it's hypocritical for people to threaten vigilante violence to avenge a vigilante act. (Especially when they can't tweet straight.) And this kind of public frenzy on an issue such as race tends to "drown out the facts" of the actual incident.

But the best reason to step back at least temporarily "is the prevention of the latest media-generated scourge: Indignation Fatigue," writes Daum. (The Kony video and subsequent stories being only the latest example.) Before the days of online social media, "public indignation arrived slower and stayed longer," she writes. "Today, with dissent just a click away, indignation has a shelf life that's all but over when the next object of outrage comes along." Click for Daum's full column. (More Trayvon Martin stories.)

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