Every time you get outraged, someone makes money.
Your outrage has a market value to a lot of people. They wouldn’t be crass enough — or honest enough — to put it that way, but it’s the truth.
Did you see what [Fill in the Blank] did today? Doesn’t that infuriate you? Isn’t it terrible? Aren’t you angry about it?
It doesn’t matter what the subject is. It doesn’t matter whether the news is fair or completely honest. It doesn’t matter who’s right or wrong. All that matters is that you stay outraged — so the companies which make our mass media and social media can keep making money.
Why do you think you get these services for free? It’s because you are their product. Social media companies and news media companies deliver your attention to advertisers. See? You are their product. As long as you’re paying attention, it doesn’t matter to them what you’re saying or thinking. They’re making money.