January 12th, 2014
01:27 PM ET

"The Outrage Industry"

Above, Professors Jeffrey Berry and Sarah Sobieraj of Tufts University discuss their book "The Outrage Industry," which tracks the growth of "outrage" programming on cable news, talk radio and political blogs.

"I think it's critical that we recognize that although we've always had outrageous speech, what has happened in the last 30 years is unprecedented, and that its meteoric rise can't simply be understood as a response to ideological audiences pounding their fists for red meat. It's much more complicated than that," Sobieraj said in an interview before Sunday's broadcast.

"There has been an increase in political polarization in the citizenry, but not nearly enough to account for this development," she added. "The technological, regulatory, and media space has shifted into one in which this is profitable, and profit is the driving force."

Berry concurred: "We argue in the book that outrage should be understood as a business. In short, these media businesses make money by attracting audiences through outrage content, which is highly compelling. In turn, those audiences make it possible to attract advertisers. For hosts, this incentivizes pushing the envelope, using extreme language, as becoming controversial is seen as a help in building ratings."

From the book, "two findings stand out," Berry said. "First, in terms of conservative outrage vs. liberal outrage, the density and frequency of outrage is greater on the conservative side. By density we mean media programs and outlets. By frequency, we mean the number of times outrage is used on a program or in a blog. Second, it’s the same business model for both conservative and liberal. That is, they use polarizing, provocative language and themes in much the same way. In the book we're critical of both conservative and liberal outrage but indicate that the conservatives are more successful at it in terms of audience size."

Berry added that "CNN has in the past had a small amount of outrage programming (Glenn Beck, Lou Dobbs) but we found the network generally free of this approach."

So if some Americans are "addicted" to outrage, as Berry and Sobieraj assert, is there some way to break the addiction?

First, Sobieraj said, "We need to be clear on where the addiction lies. From our perspective, the addiction is to the revenue, much more so than the hyperbole and hatred. These shows are inexpensive to produce, entertaining, and profitable. Since our existing media environment is one in which outrage if profitable, we suspect its decay will also be the result of market forces."

"Importantly though, we don't necessarily think it should disappear," she added. "Controversial political speech has some benefits - it's engaging, and can start conversations that are worth having. But, for the public interest, it would be preferable if these voices weren't so overrepresented. A more diverse opinion space would be fabulous - both in terms of the temperature of the rhetoric, the variation in political views (programming now is decidedly two party - with so many networks and program slots, it would be great to see a show that represents the Green perspective, the Right to Life Perspective, the Libertarian perspective, etc.), and diversity in the voices. MSNBC is making some inroads in terms of diversity, but overall the industry as a whole is still dominated by white men."

Filed under: Blog • Fox News • Media Criticism • Reliable Sources
soundoff (792 Responses)
  1. horse trailer service

    This web site truly has all the info I needed concerning this subject and didnít know who to ask.


    June 5, 2021 at 8:45 am | Reply
  2. 2006 Sprinter Transmission Repair


    June 5, 2021 at 8:24 am | Reply
  3. boba near me

    A fascinating discussion is worth comment. There's no doubt that that you should write more about this subject matter, it may not be a taboo subject but generally folks don't discuss these topics. To the next! All the best!!


    June 5, 2021 at 6:37 am | Reply
  4. Digital Marketing Experts

    An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a coworker who was doing a little homework on this. And he actually ordered me dinner because I stumbled upon it for him... lol. So allow me to reword this.... Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending some time to talk about this subject here on your web page.


    June 5, 2021 at 6:29 am | Reply
  5. la palma motorhome


    June 5, 2021 at 6:19 am | Reply
  6. Frightliner Sprinter Repair Shop

    The very next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesn't fail me just as much as this particular one. After all, Yes, it was my choice to read, however I genuinely thought you'd have something helpful to say. All I hear is a bunch of crying about something you can fix if you weren't too busy searching for attention.


    June 5, 2021 at 6:08 am | Reply
  7. learn more here

    You got that regarding 5, maybe 10 methods. One of my favorite
    blog posts write will be just sharing five to ten tips on the topic.

    It has something to do with product sales and advertisement on the

    June 5, 2021 at 5:59 am | Reply
  8. judi online uang asli

    whoah this blog is wonderful i really like reading your articles.
    Stay up the great work! You realize, a lot of persons are looking around for this
    information, you could help them greatly.

    June 5, 2021 at 4:08 am | Reply
  9. slot online

    I love reading through an article that will make men and women think.

    Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

    June 5, 2021 at 12:06 am | Reply
  10. cheap ejuice

    Thanks designed for sharing such a fastidious opinion, paragraph is fastidious, thats why i have
    read it fully

    June 4, 2021 at 11:52 pm | Reply
  11. trade binary options with metatrader expert

    It's the best time to make a few plans for the longer
    term and it is time to be happy. I've read this post and
    if I may I want to recommend you few fascinating issues or suggestions.
    Perhaps you can write next articles relating to this article.
    I desire to learn even more issues about it!

    June 4, 2021 at 8:15 pm | Reply
  12. Handicap Van Repair

    That is a good tip particularly to those new to the blogosphere. Brief but very precise informationÖ Many thanks for sharing this one. A must read article!


    June 4, 2021 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  13. Red Van Repair

    I'm extremely pleased to uncover this site. I want to to thank you for your time due to this wonderful read!! I definitely liked every part of it and i also have you book-marked to see new stuff on your site.


    June 4, 2021 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  14. Van Meter Auto Repair

    You are so interesting! I do not believe I've read anything like this before. So great to discover someone with some genuine thoughts on this issue. Seriously.. thank you for starting this up. This site is something that is required on the web, someone with some originality!


    June 4, 2021 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  15. recycling near me


    June 4, 2021 at 4:20 pm | Reply
  16. rv windshield replacement near me


    June 4, 2021 at 4:16 pm | Reply
  17. rv and camper repair near me

    Your style is unique in comparison to other folks I've read stuff from. Thank you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I'll just bookmark this blog.


    June 4, 2021 at 11:41 am | Reply
  18. บาคาร่า99

    I was suggested this website by my cousin.
    I am not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody
    else know such detailed about my trouble. You're wonderful!

    June 4, 2021 at 9:58 am | Reply
  19. Dodge Van Frame Repair Kit


    June 4, 2021 at 6:53 am | Reply
  20. chia shop

    Very shortly this web site will be famous among all blogging and
    site-building viewers, due to it's nice articles or reviews

    June 4, 2021 at 6:17 am | Reply
  21. Mercedes Benz Sprinter Rv Service Locations

    An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a co-worker who has been conducting a little homework on this. And he actually bought me dinner because I discovered it for him... lol. So allow me to reword this.... Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending time to talk about this matter here on your blog.


    June 4, 2021 at 4:42 am | Reply
  22. fire truck repair


    June 4, 2021 at 4:39 am | Reply
  23. gun ranges near me

    This site was... how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something that helped me. Cheers!


    June 4, 2021 at 4:39 am | Reply
  24. bathroom repair near me

    Greetings, I think your website could be having web browser compatibility issues. When I take a look at your web site in Safari, it looks fine however when opening in I.E., it has some overlapping issues. I simply wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Aside from that, fantastic blog!


    June 4, 2021 at 3:50 am | Reply
  25. Operations Management Project help

    I've read several good stuff here. Certainly price bookmarking for
    revisiting. I surprise how so much effort you set to make any
    such great informative web site.

    Here is my page: Operations Management Project help

    June 4, 2021 at 2:41 am | Reply
  26. to read more

    I am actually delighted to glance at this website posts which consists of lots of helpful facts, thanks for providing such information.

    June 4, 2021 at 2:39 am | Reply
  27. sbobetwap.id

    Because the search engines will check this out as a form of spam.

    So test plan article submissions you will discover potentially article
    directory out usually there? Do not just write with
    web traffic on your brain.

    June 4, 2021 at 1:10 am | Reply
  28. auto paint shop orange county

    Great site you have got here.. Itís difficult to find high-quality writing like yours nowadays. I honestly appreciate people like you! Take care!!


    June 3, 2021 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  29. Repair Sprinter


    June 3, 2021 at 7:33 pm | Reply
  30. Local Marketing Companies


    June 3, 2021 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  31. fabrication shop near me


    June 3, 2021 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  32. orange county tire

    Aw, this was a very nice post. Spending some time and actual effort to make a great articleÖ but what can I sayÖ I hesitate a lot and don't seem to get anything done.


    June 3, 2021 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  33. camper repair shops


    June 3, 2021 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  34. Internet Marketing Company

    This is a topic that's near to my heart... Cheers! Exactly where are your contact details though?


    June 3, 2021 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  35. RV Batteries Orange County

    Everything is very open with a really clear clarification of the issues. It was really informative. Your website is extremely helpful. Thank you for sharing!


    June 3, 2021 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  36. 메리트카지노

    Touche. Solid arguments. Keep up the great effort.

    June 3, 2021 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  37. Video Marketing Agency


    June 3, 2021 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  38. cheapest essay writing service

    Great beat ! I wish to apprentice at the same time as you amend your site, how can i subscribe for a weblog website?

    The account helped me a applicable deal. I had been tiny bit familiar of this your broadcast
    offered vivid clear idea

    June 3, 2021 at 9:29 am | Reply
  39. หวย

    When I initially left a comment I seem to have clicked on the
    -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on each
    time a comment is added I receive 4 emails with the same
    comment. There has to be an easy method you are able to remove me from that service?
    Thanks a lot!

    June 3, 2021 at 9:21 am | Reply
  40. RV Windows Near Me

    I’m amazed, I must say. Seldom do I encounter a blog that’s both equally educative and interesting, and without a doubt, you've hit the nail on the head. The issue is something that too few people are speaking intelligently about. Now i'm very happy I stumbled across this during my search for something concerning this.


    June 3, 2021 at 7:16 am | Reply
  41. RV Roof Los Angeles


    June 3, 2021 at 4:43 am | Reply
  42. Authorized Mercedes Sprinter Service Centers Near Me


    June 3, 2021 at 4:27 am | Reply
  43. محاسبه بیمه ماشین

    Hello, I enjoy reading all of your article.
    I wanted to write a little comment to support you.

    June 3, 2021 at 4:10 am | Reply
  44. gái gọi bến cát

    The above article is very interesting for life, it gives us the experience of a healthy and happy life. I always use the above ways to philosophize myself


    June 3, 2021 at 4:09 am | Reply
  45. bitcoin mining ubuntu terminal password

    We're a bunch of volunteers and starting a brand new scheme
    in our community. Your web site provided us
    with helpful information to work on. You've done a formidable job and
    our whole community shall be thankful to you.

    June 3, 2021 at 4:09 am | Reply
  46. Mercedes Benz Sprinter Repair

    You should be a part of a contest for one of the most useful blogs online. I'm going to recommend this website!


    June 3, 2021 at 3:49 am | Reply
  47. الزيوت

    Hey! This is kind of off topic but I need some help from an established blog.
    Is it very difficult to set up your own blog? I'm not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast.
    I'm thinking about setting up my own but I'm not sure where to
    begin. Do you have any tips or suggestions? Thank you

    June 3, 2021 at 12:29 am | Reply
  48. Eura Thorn


    June 2, 2021 at 10:12 pm | Reply
  49. Van Technician

    It’s difficult to find experienced people in this particular topic, however, you seem like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks


    June 2, 2021 at 9:43 pm | Reply
  50. Toney Liverman


    June 2, 2021 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  51. play game

    I want to to thank you for this very good read!! I definitely enjoyed every bit of it.
    I've got you book marked to look at new things you post…

    Also visit my web-site – play game

    June 2, 2021 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  52. rv insurance near me

    This page certainly has all the information and facts I needed concerning this subject and didn’t know who to ask.


    June 2, 2021 at 3:32 pm | Reply
  53. framework

    Appreciate the recommendation. Will try it out.

    June 2, 2021 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  54. Wheelchair Van Repair Shop


    June 2, 2021 at 11:34 am | Reply
  55. Jovita Zerck


    June 2, 2021 at 10:13 am | Reply
  56. Van Mechanic Shop Near Me


    June 2, 2021 at 8:21 am | Reply
  57. Thomas Brannam

    This is the perfect webpage for anyone who would like to understand this topic. You understand so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I really will need to…HaHa). You certainly put a fresh spin on a subject that's been discussed for a long time. Wonderful stuff, just wonderful!


    June 2, 2021 at 6:37 am | Reply
  58. Luetta Mona

    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you writing this post and also the rest of the website is also very good.


    June 2, 2021 at 4:47 am | Reply
  59. Sprinter Van Frame Repair

    Very good post. I am dealing with many of these issues as well..


    June 2, 2021 at 4:02 am | Reply
  60. Ernie Lindsley


    June 2, 2021 at 12:51 am | Reply
  61. Rv Maintenance Shop Near Me

    Greetings! Very useful advice within this post! It is the little changes that produce the greatest changes. Many thanks for sharing!


    June 1, 2021 at 11:19 pm | Reply
  62. مدیر بیمه

    Have you ever thought about publishing an ebook or guest authoring
    on other sites? I have a blog based on the same information you discuss and would really like to have you share some
    stories/information. I know my audience would appreciate your work.
    If you are even remotely interested, feel free to send me an email.

    June 1, 2021 at 9:26 pm | Reply
  63. rv plumbing repair near me


    June 1, 2021 at 8:43 pm | Reply
  64. car sound system repair near me

    Pretty! This was an incredibly wonderful post. Many thanks for providing this info.


    June 1, 2021 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  65. Touring Van Repair

    That is a great tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere. Brief but very accurate info… Thank you for sharing this one. A must read post!


    June 1, 2021 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  66. professional photography columbia mo

    Hey are using WordPress for your site platform? I'm new to the
    blog world but I'm trying to get started and set up
    my own. Do you need any coding expertise to make your own blog?
    Any help would be really appreciated!

    June 1, 2021 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  67. Sprinter Van Conversion Shop


    June 1, 2021 at 11:55 am | Reply
  68. rv sales orange county ca


    June 1, 2021 at 11:42 am | Reply
  69. rv parts indio


    June 1, 2021 at 11:01 am | Reply
  70. Authorized Sprinter Repair Facility

    A motivating discussion is definitely worth comment. I believe that you need to write more on this topic, it may not be a taboo matter but usually people do not talk about these topics. To the next! Many thanks!!


    June 1, 2021 at 9:33 am | Reply
  71. بورس

    I was able to find good info from your blog articles.

    June 1, 2021 at 5:34 am | Reply
  72. Mercedes Benz Sprinter Service Locations


    May 31, 2021 at 11:32 pm | Reply
  73. 08 Sprinter Intake PRT Repair


    May 31, 2021 at 11:24 pm | Reply
  74. wab sbobet

    Hi there i am kavin, its my first time to commenting anywhere, when i read this piece of writing
    i thought i could also make comment due to this sensible paragraph.

    May 31, 2021 at 11:01 pm | Reply
  75. RV Mobile Repair Service Near Me


    May 31, 2021 at 8:34 pm | Reply
  76. Auto Sprinter Repair

    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you writing this write-up and also the rest of the website is extremely good.


    May 31, 2021 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  77. Nissan Cargo Van Repair


    May 31, 2021 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  78. Sprinter Van Upholstery Shop


    May 31, 2021 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  79. situs slot online

    With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into any problems
    of plagorism or copyright violation? My website has a lot of unique content I've either authored myself
    or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up
    all over the internet without my authorization. Do
    you know any ways to help prevent content from being stolen? I'd certainly appreciate it.

    May 31, 2021 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  80. Best RV Repair Shop Near Me


    May 31, 2021 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  81. RV Glass Repair Near Me

    I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely loved every bit of it. I have got you book marked to look at new stuff you post…


    May 31, 2021 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  82. pole saw

    Do you have a spam issue on this site; I also am a blogger,
    and I was curious about your situation; many of us have
    created some nice practices and we are looking to trade solutions with others,
    why not shoot me an e-mail if interested.

    May 31, 2021 at 12:43 pm | Reply
  83. SEO Marketing Consultant


    May 31, 2021 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  84. RV Air Conditioner Repair Near Me

    After I initially commented I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on whenever a comment is added I recieve 4 emails with the exact same comment. Is there an easy method you are able to remove me from that service? Cheers!


    May 31, 2021 at 9:32 am | Reply
  85. Content Marketing Services


    May 31, 2021 at 6:43 am | Reply
  86. contoh soal hexa ke binary options

    What a stuff of un-ambiguity and preserveness of precious know-how on the topic of unpredicted feelings.

    May 31, 2021 at 4:08 am | Reply
  87. RV Repair And Service Near Me

    Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude! Thank you so much, However I am encountering problems with your RSS. I don’t know the reason why I cannot join it. Is there anyone else having identical RSS problems? Anyone that knows the solution can you kindly respond? Thanx!!


    May 31, 2021 at 4:00 am | Reply
  88. RV Repair Near Me Now


    May 31, 2021 at 1:10 am | Reply
  89. Cargo Van Conversion Shop Near Me


    May 31, 2021 at 1:02 am | Reply
  90. Sprinter Van Conversion Shop Near Me


    May 31, 2021 at 12:16 am | Reply
  91. kickass

    Wow, fantastic blog layout! How long have you ever been blogging for?

    you made blogging glance easy. The total glance of your website is wonderful, as neatly as the content!

    May 30, 2021 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  92. http://chilipokerbonuscode.com/

    This text is priceless. When can I find out more?

    May 30, 2021 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  93. Commercial Truck Repair Shop

    Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon every day. It will always be helpful to read through content from other authors and practice a little something from their websites.


    May 30, 2021 at 11:52 am | Reply
  94. Judi Poker Online

    This website was... how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I've found something that helped
    me. Thank you!

    May 30, 2021 at 8:46 am | Reply
  95. Truck Upholstery


    May 30, 2021 at 6:53 am | Reply
  96. Web Developer in Pune

    Very good site you have here but I was wondering if you
    knew of any discussion boards that cover the same topics discussed here?
    I'd really love to be a part of online community where I can get opinions from other knowledgeable individuals
    that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

    May 30, 2021 at 5:15 am | Reply
  97. Internet Marketing Consultant


    May 30, 2021 at 5:03 am | Reply
  98. Digital Marketing Service

    Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude! Thanks, However I am going through difficulties with your RSS. I donít know the reason why I cannot join it. Is there anyone else getting identical RSS problems? Anybody who knows the answer will you kindly respond? Thanks!!


    May 30, 2021 at 3:43 am | Reply
  99. mikado

    I think this is among the most important info for me.

    And i am glad reading your article. But wanna remark on some general things, The site style is
    wonderful, the articles is really nice : D. Good job, cheers

    Feel free to visit my web-site – mikado

    May 30, 2021 at 2:37 am | Reply
  100. Truck Windshield Replacement Shop Near Me


    May 29, 2021 at 11:58 pm | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Leave a Reply to RV Repair Near My Location


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.