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This is unfortunate because there are many problems that benefit from activism (e.g., obstacles to science education, violations of church-state separation). If efforts to provoke outrage become less effective - or even counterproductive - when used excessively, it would seem that the obvious solution would involve us becoming less reliant on them.
I concluded that post with the following:
We find ourselves in an interesting predicament here. An effective tactic for motivating activism (i.e., stimulating feelings of outrage) can make people less likely to participate in meaningful activism when it is overused. If only they would stop using it so it would be more effective when we want to use it! But since that is not going to happen, it seems to me that we are going to need to find some effective ways to motivate activism that are less reliant on outrage.This leads to the question I'd like to consider for this post: if our goal is to motivate activism, what alternatives do we have to efforts aimed at provoking outrage?