Thinking about manufactured crises. In a July, 2018 piece appearing in Dame Magazine, journalist Allison Hantschel writes of how so much of the outrage we see in America is not just fomented, but purchased and thusly, contrived to make you think you or your country is under attack. She does well to call out the press itself by being wittingly or unwittingly party to this outrage. She cites a specific example of manufactured rage that you can read for yourself here the the Palm Beach Post titled, "Libs of TikTok creator backed by Babylon Bee CEO of Juno Beach."
This CEO sponsors a social-media agitator to defame LGBTQ people as pedophiles. The added step of sharing LGBTQ individual's posts for purposes of targeting them, is exactly how this quickly turns to violence. Hence, this is pre-meditated violence and regular media play into this by treating dishonest people like these as "news." And then members of the press wonder where this animus against gays and others started?!
It's all so disturbing and our youth, in particular, need to be literate about such things and to not get overtaken by these paid-for, truly hostile and vicious manufactured messages of hate that result not just in civil violence, but state violence via campaigns and the filing and passage of defamatory anti-trans laws.
If we as a polity are silent about such things, incipient authoritarianism finds fertile ground. This is anathema to democracy and democratic principles, my friends.