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The Rhetoric of Outrage

Why Social Media Is Making Us Angry

Jeff Rice

Published: May 25 2023


Published: May 25 2023


Published: May 25 2023

OA Ebook
Published: May 25 2023


The inclusion of this book in the Open Carolina collection is made possible by the generous funding of

An accessible and important look at what is truly behind our digital outrage

On any given day, at any given hour, across the various platforms constituting what we call social media, someone is angry. Facebook. Instagram. Twitter. Reddit. 4Chan. In The Rhetoric of Outrage: Why Social Media is Making Us Angry Jeff Rice addresses the critical question of why anger has become the dominant digital response on social media. He examines the theoretical and rhetorical explanations for the intense rage that prevails across social media platforms, and sheds new light on how our anger isn't merely a reaction against singular events, but generated out of aggregated beliefs and ideas. Captivating, accessible, and exceedingly important, The Rhetoric of Outrage encourages readers to have the difficult conversations about what is truly behind their anger.

Available in audiobook from Recorded Books

Jeff Rice is professor and Martha B. Reynolds Chair in Writing, Rhetoric & Digital Studies at University of Kentucky.

"Shakespeare may have acknowledged the 'winter of our discontent,' yet Jeff Rice writes about an ongoing era of discontent that permeates our global psyche, building a case for outrage as the predominant digital response that is both medium and technology. The extent to which Rice succeeds in exhaustively documenting how pervasively anger circulates affectively, algorithmically, and rhetorically may itself enrage, but will never disappoint, given Rice's continued stature and skill as digital rhetoric's foremost social theorist."—Kristine L. Blair, dean, McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Duquesne University

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