I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how this whole social media outrage and shame cycle works. Week after week, new people are dragged before the star chambers of Twitter and think pieces and condemned, cancelled, unpersoned. It’s so very black and white. It’s so very binary.
Whether it’s the Covington boys, Kevin Hart, or a local weatherman being mobbed, these stories always seem to resemble unfinished parables. Everything is perfectly set up for a plot twist that would reveal that we should not rush to judgment, but then, instead of receiving the clarity of that revelation, we all just seem to move on and pivot to the new outrage. The protagonists of these unfinished parables either move on and recover, or they don’t.