There is a pattern of Pit threads that I want to talk about. I am posting in the Pit because I anticipate that the potential exists for some of the responses to get heated, and also because this is where most of the threads that I want to talk about begin their careers. I want to make clear from the start that I am 100% sincere in my questions, and not trying to stir up shit.
I am talking about the threads where someone comes across the local interest terrible story and then “Pits” it. You know the “Child mauled by Pit Bull in meth lab that explodes” stories.
What I see is that these threads seem to have some sort of a ritualistic, almost formulaic pattern to them. You get the OP, then several pretty graphic cathartic posts surrounding what is wished on the “evil doer”. These are sprinkled with generic “oh how sad” posts, as well as the despairing weeping for humanity and the like. Sooner or later, someone will come along and try to be the voice of reason for the rule of law, or rising above the behavior of the evildoer. Then we get the “me to” posts with a few “fuck you” posts. And then we do it all over again next week.
So, I am essentially wondering why? Given the horrors that are happening all around the world, how is it that one particular story catches your imagination enough to post about it? Are we just starved for feeling, that we need this sort of catharsis now and then? What, in short, is the reason behind this?
It is almost as if being outraged is somehow pleasurable.