The Internet is a perfectly efficient outrage generator. People need things to be super-pissed about so that they can express their social positions to their friends; they burn through that outrage in an orgy of vague, well-intentioned social media protest; they look for something else to be super-pissed about, having become, by now, pissed off generally. It's perpetual motion, only the product is cause-based Facebook memes instead of energy. Now Michelle Shocked, who was not even in the alt-weeklies weeks ago, is sitting between American Idol recaps and Taylor Swift TV cameos on Yahoo! Music because she hates gay people or maybe doesn't.
It's been a terrible couple of weeks to be Michelle Shocked, but it's probably been a great two weeks to be her back catalog. That's a problem, maybe.More »