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Outrage Overload

If you're part of the "exhausted majority" who is fed up with outrage culture and wants to be less stressed out, listen to this. 40 minutes every few weeks. It will change your life. Outrage Overload is a show about outrage in society and politics, and lowering the temperature. In each episode we explore a different aspect of the outrage industry with leading scientists, researchers, authors, community leaders, and other experts. Topics include political polarization, outrage exhaustion, extremism, civility, incivility, healthy conflict, disinformation, information literacy, outrage fatigue, stress, media, social media, and even technology and artificial intelligence.

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BONUS - Negativity Addiction - Travis Monteleone
How Negativity Bias Fuels Toxic PoliticsIn this episode of Outrage Overload, we explore the concept of negativity bias and its role in toxic polarization. We are joined by Travis Monteleone, a private equity investor and depolarization advocate. Monteleone argues that negativity bias is a major factor contributing to toxic polarization because it causes individuals to overemphasize negative information and stereotypes about other people and political issues. The discussion delves into the root causes of polarization, the impact of social media algorithms, and practical strategies to resist negativity bias and bridge the political divide.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
32:25 6/12/24
40. You're funneled down this rabbit hole of extremist beliefs - Jack Wippell
How to Combat Youth Radicalization Using Learning PsychologyIn this episode, we explore the rise of youth radicalization and the potential for online platforms to play a role in the radicalization process with Jack Wippell, an expert in extremism and radicalization. Jack shares insights into the factors that make individuals susceptible to radical ideologies and the impact of social and emotional learning (SEL) in preventing young people from falling prey to dangerous online influences. We discuss the prevalence of radicalization, the characteristics of those who hold extreme beliefs, and the challenges of navigating the online world. Jack highlights the importance of SEL in developing critical thinking skills, emotional intelligence, and empathy to help young people navigate the complexities of the modern world.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
37:00 6/5/24
39. The Poisoning of the American Mind - Lawrence Eppard (rebroadcast)
 I sit down with Lawrence Eppard to explore the complex landscape of media trust in America. How do we grapple with the challenges of misinformation, disinformation, and news literacy in an increasingly polarized media landscape?From dissecting the roots of media distrust to exploring strategies for staying informed without succumbing to outrage overload, this conversation offers valuable insights into navigating the complexities of modern media consumption. Tune in as we seek to uncover pathways toward fostering greater trust and understanding in an era of unprecedented media scrutiny.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
42:18 5/22/24
BONUS - America on the Knife’s Edge
In this special documentary-style episode of the Outrage Overload podcast, we look at the world of electoral politics and the challenges of close elections. Drawing inspiration from the movie "Swing Vote" and real-life insights from history, political science, and contemporary discourse, we explore the trend of close elections and the implications of razor-thin margins. We discuss the importance of understanding how democracy works, the role of swing voters, and the impact of affective political polarization. The episode also examines the dangers of undemocratic takeovers and the need for compromise and cooperation in a divided society.I hope you enjoy this first of a kind episode on the Outrage Overload podcast. We hope to do more of these documentary-style episodes in the future and we really appreciate your feedback.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
48:00 5/15/24
38. Was it social media in the living room with the candlestick? - Thomas Zeitzoff
How to Rise Above Nasty PoliticsIn this episode of the Outrage Overload podcast, host David Beckmeyer interviews Thomas Zeitzoff, a professor specializing in political violence and political psychology. The episode explores the concept of "nasty politics" and its impact on political discourse and democracy. Zeitzoff discusses the different forms of negativity in politics, from insults and conspiracy theories to threats of violence and actual violence. He explains that while voters may claim to dislike nasty politics, it often grabs their attention and can even signal toughness.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
29:31 5/8/24
BONUS - Believing pencils are charming becomes politicized - Dino Carpentras
Discover how seemingly neutral topics can become politicized in this episode of the Outrage Overload podcast. Host David Beckemeyer is joined by researcher Dino Carpentras to explore the dynamics of polarization and dialogue. They discuss how even simple topics like circles and pencils can become battlegrounds for political ideologies, and the implications this has for our society. Learn how polarization can occur in new topics and how neutral attitudes can become polarized. Gain insights into the challenges of reducing uncertainty and lowering the temperature in today's supercharged world.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
30:03 5/1/24
37. There is an enormous amount of distrust and gullibility - Andreas Schedler
How Broken Trust is Poisoning American DemocracyIn this episode, host David Beckmeyer interviews Andreas Schedler about his research on political polarization in the United States. Schedler challenges the traditional understanding of polarization as a simple left-right divide and argues that the breakdown of trust is a fundamental factor driving hostility between political factions. He explains that people increasingly believe the other side is willing to break the rules of democracy to win, leading to a dangerous lack of trust. Schedler discusses the importance of recognizing these perceptions and engaging in dialogue to bridge the divide. He also highlights the need for critical thinking and self-reflection to overcome polarization.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
30:45 4/24/24
36. It's not as if there's only certain types of people that are affected by this – Åsa Wikforss
Why We Resist Facts & How to Fight Back!In this episode, we explore the concept of knowledge resistance with Dr. Åsa Wikforss. We discuss the complex factors that contribute to knowledge resistance, including confirmation bias and motivated reasoning. The conversation highlights the importance of trust in reliable sources of knowledge and the need for a well-functioning information landscape. Dr. Wikforss emphasizes the social dimension of knowledge and the role of institutions in fostering trust and promoting critical thinking. They also touch on the challenges posed by the current information environment and the potential solutions, including deliberative polling and citizen assemblies.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
37:49 4/10/24
35. We're not giving the wrong answer, but we're asking the wrong question - Hyrum Lewis
Why we need to abandon the Left-Right political spectrum paradigmIn this episode of Outrage Overload, we explorer the concept of left versus right thinking with guest Hiram Lewis. They discuss the flaws in the left versus right paradigm and how it hinders productive political discourse. Lewis argues that these labels do not represent consistent philosophies but rather a broken paradigm based on social conformity. He suggests that focusing on individual issues and abandoning the political spectrum would lead to more rational and civil political discussions.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
29:04 3/27/24
34. It has to be person to person for it to mean anything - Luke Nathan Phillips
How Braver Angels is Lowering the Temperature in Political ConversationsIn this episode, David interviews Luke Nathan Phillips, the Publius Fellow for Public Discourse at Braver Angels. They discuss the mission of Braver Angels and how the organization is working to bridge the political and cultural divide in America. Luke shares the origins of Braver Angels and how it has grown into a national organization dedicated to helping Americans find value in each other without necessarily agreeing on political issues. They explore the importance of depolarization work and how it can foster understanding and trust among individuals with diverse political beliefs. Luke also highlights the role of emotions and social practices in depolarization work, emphasizing the need for genuine dialogue and respectful engagement.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
23:17 3/13/24
BONUS - They're not evil. They just think differently than you - Tami Pyfer
Success Stories: Why You Need the Dignity Index in Your ToolboxTami Pyfer, Chief of Staff and Project Director for UNITE, returns to discuss the progress of the Dignity Index, a scale that rates speech for dignity or contempt. The goal is to encourage healthy debate and problem-solving by treating others with dignity. The index is being used to score political speech, with the hope of holding us accountable for our language. The focus is on finding higher ground and creative solutions.Listen in to uncover success stories, equip yourself with actionable strategies you can implement in your own conversations, online interactions, and civic engagement, and understand how you can contribute to building a more civil and productive political landscape.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
30:23 3/6/24
33. There's been a lot of pushback against this - Alia Braley
Why even those who value democracy might contribute to its declineAmericans across the political spectrum express concerns about the health of democracy. In this episode of the Outrage Overload Podcast, host David Beckmeyer delves into the paradox of democratic erosion with researcher Alia Braley. They discuss the perception that political opponents are ready to subvert democratic norms and how this perception fuels democratic backsliding. The episode explores the potential for reversing negative trends by bridging the perception gap and promoting costly signals of good faith. Discover how understanding political psychology can contribute to lowering the temperature and strengthening democracy.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
34:55 2/28/24
BONUS - GuesSync! you don't need to know politics to play the game - Ashwin Rajadesingan
How a Fun Game Reduces Political PolarizationDiscover how a fun online game called GuesSync! is reducing political polarization and fostering empathy across party lines. In this episode, host David Beckmeyer interviews Ashwin Rajadesingan, the creator of GuesSync!, about the surprising results of the game and its potential to lower the temperature in our politically divided society. Find out how the game corrects misperceptions and encourages civil discourse, and learn about the future of this innovative approach to bridging the political divide. Don't miss this fascinating conversation on Outrage Overload.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
24:19 2/21/24
32. We just dig our heels in and make assumptions that are often wrong - Ken Futernick
How Real-Life Communities Are Tackling Tough Topics in EducationIn this episode, we meet Ken Futernick, the host of the podcast "Courageous Conversations About Our Schools." We discuss the importance of dialogue over debate in addressing the culture wars and divisive issues in education. Ken shares his concerns about claims of indoctrination in schools and the banning of books. He emphasizes the need for healthy conflict and listening to different perspectives to find common ground. The conversation explores the role of trust, relationships, and empathy in fostering understanding and depolarization. Through examples and personal experiences, Ken and David highlight the complexity of issues like book banning, immigration, and abortion, and how drilling down to specific policies can reveal more agreement than initially perceived.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
26:04 2/14/24
BONUS - It doesn't seem as if we're all playing by the same rules - Shannon McGregor
Is This Podcast Part of the Problem or the Solution?In this thought-provoking episode, host David Beckemeyer takes a deep dive into the Outrage Overload podcast, offering a self-reflective analysis of our approach to navigating the intricate landscape of American democracy. The episode serves as a meta-analysis, scrutinizing our treatment of topics such as polarization, potential pitfalls of false equivalences, potential limitations of civil dialogue, and threats to democracy arising from a radicalizing right.The meta-analysis encourages the audience to critically assess the podcast's handling of complex topics and participate in conversations that go beyond simplistic narratives.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
24:16 2/7/24
31. In a democracy you get exactly the government you deserve - Kevin Smith
How to be the adult in the room, no matter your age.In this episode, we hear from Dr. Kevin Smith, a political science professor, about the challenges of political division and the erosion of democratic norms. Dr. Smith emphasizes the importance of gracefully accepting defeat in a democracy and the responsibility of individuals to promote civility and critical thinking. He discusses the role of media consumption, education, and individual agency in combating polarization and rebuilding a healthier democracy. The conversation highlights the need for good dialogue, compromise, and the recognition of shared values in order to navigate the challenges of a polarized climate.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
30:31 1/31/24
30. The History of Outrage TV - Robert Thompson
Selling Fury: How Television Turned Outrage into a CommodityIn this episode, we heard from Professor Robert Thompson about the history of television and its impact on our society. They discuss the evolution of news media, from the golden age of TV to the rise of trash TV and reality shows. They also explore the current state of news commentary and the role it plays in fueling outrage and division. Professor Thompson provides insights into the incentives that drive media companies and the challenges of finding common ground in a fragmented media landscape.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
45:13 1/17/24
MLK Day Special - Hajar Yazdiha
How distorted memories of the Civil Rights Movement fuel today's divisionsIn this bonus episode for MLK Day, host David Beckmeyer interviews Hajar Yazdiha, an assistant professor of sociology and author of "The Struggle for the People's King." They discuss the hidden narratives and complexities of the civil rights movement, the misperceptions surrounding Martin Luther King Jr., and how the memory of the movement has been distorted to fuel outrage and political agendas. They also explore the role of race in American society, the importance of critical and spiritual education, and the need for a deeper understanding of our shared humanity.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
23:45 1/15/24
29. This is basically trying to avoid civil war - Peter Coleman
How Outrage Addiction Hijacked Our ConversationsPeter Coleman discusses the current state of political polarization in America and offers practical strategies for bridging divides and fostering understanding. He emphasizes the importance of recognizing the "exhausted middle majority," the majority of Americans who are tired of the vitriol and division in politics. Coleman explains that the perception gap, where each side believes the other is more extreme than they actually are, contributes to the polarization. He suggests intentionally complicating our understanding of complex issues and seeking out diverse perspectives to combat oversimplification. Coleman also introduces "The Challenge," a four-week program designed to help individuals and communities engage in civil discourse and find common ground.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
38:49 1/3/24
BONUS - A lot of angry reactions (remix) - Steven Rathje
How social media gives us what captures our attention rather than what we actually wantIn this episode we talk to Dr. Steven Rathje, building on research from prior episodes, we look at how out-group animosity drives engagement on social media.Dr. Steven Rathje discussing research that found that social media creates incentives for out-group animosity, which can be a factor in increasing polarization. It is also harmful for mental health and society.In this episode, we talk about the increasing problem of transparency of social media platforms and how independent researchers are being shut out. This makes it impossible for researchers to examine the impacts of these platforms on society.In this episode you will learn about negative affect language, moral language, negativity bias, social identity theory, and much more.This is a remix of episodes 8 and 9.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
51:01 12/27/23
28. Listening is more important than talking - Matt Levendusky
In this episode of the Outrage Overload podcast, we hear from Matt Levendusky, a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, about political polarization and bridge building. Levendusky discusses the challenges of political polarization and the toll it takes on our mental and emotional health. He emphasizes the importance of focusing on our shared values and identities to build bridges and find common ground. Levendusky also addresses the role of media in exacerbating polarization and offers strategies for reducing polarization and engaging in respectful dialogue with people who have different views.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
32:18 12/13/23
BONUS - One-year Anniversary Special – Peter Ditto
In this one-year anniversary episode of the Outrage Overload podcast, we reflect on the past year of diving deep into the outrage machine and searching for ways to lower the temperature. We’re thrilled to welcome back Dr. Peter Ditto, our very first guest, as we reexamine the ongoing challenges of political polarization and the erosion of trust in democracy.One year ago, Professor Ditto warned us about the deepening divide in American politics, the erosion of trust in our institutions, and the potential for even more conflict. Now, he’s back to assess the damage and perhaps offer some much-needed hope.So, strap in, folks, and get ready for a thought-provoking conversation about the future of our democracy.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
45:12 12/6/23
27. Make sure that you're not getting high on your own supply - Dannagal G. Young
Late-Night Comedy, Far-Right Talk Shows, and Why You Might Be WrongIn this episode of the Outrage Overload podcast, host David Beckmeyer interviews Dannagal G. Young, a communication expert who studies how the media influences our political beliefs. They discuss the similarities between late night comedy shows and far right talk shows, the impact of these shows on viewers, and the shared characteristics of their audiences. They also explore the demand side of wrongness and how our need for comprehension, control, and community can influence our beliefs. Young offers insights into how we can be more intentional about our online presence and embrace intellectual humility to combat misinformation.Key Takeaways:Late night comedy shows and far right talk shows have a similar impact on viewers, influencing their understanding of political events and reinforcing their beliefs.Audiences of both late night comedy shows and far right talk shows are confident in their political beliefs, passionate about politics, and have strong social and cultural ideologies.The demand for misinformation is driven by our need for comprehension, control, and community.Intellectual humility is a key factor in combating misinformation, as it allows us to be open to the possibility that we may be wrong and encourages critical thinking.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
36:50 11/29/23
BONUS - There's a lot of pressure to conform - Lawrence Eppard
How to Overcome Challenges in Challenging the Status QuoDr. Lawrence Eppard discusses the challenges of ideological conformity in academia and the impact it has on research and knowledge dissemination. He shares personal experiences of facing backlash and reputational harm for challenging orthodoxies in his field. Dr. Eppard emphasizes the need for intellectual diversity and transparency in academia to ensure the quality and objectivity of research.Key Takeaways:Intellectual diversity in academia is crucial for the advancement of knowledge and the prevention of bias.Challenging orthodoxies in academia can lead to reputational harm and backlash from colleagues and students.The current system of peer review and publication in academia may contribute to a lack of transparency and bias.Efforts are being made to improve transparency and accountability in academia, such as making data publicly available and pre-registering studies.Intellectual diversity and diverse gatekeepers in academic journals can help ensure a more balanced and rigorous review process.About The Guest: Dr. Lawrence Eppard is a professor and researcher who specializes in social science. He has recently co-authored a book titled "The Poisoning of the American Mind," which explores the challenges of ideological conformity in academia and the importance of intellectual diversity.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
28:44 11/22/23
26. The cascade process is a way that minds change at scale - David McRaney
Outrage 26 – The Science of Changing MindsDavid McRaney discusses the concept of changing minds and the challenges of political polarization.He emphasizes the importance of understanding why we want to change someone else's mind and explores the motivations behind our own beliefs. McRaney explains that changing minds requires more than just presenting facts and information. It involves engaging in meaningful conversations, exploring different perspectives, and understanding the underlying motivations and biases that shape our beliefs. He also discusses the cascade effect and how it can be used to scale up the process of changing minds.Key Takeaways:Changing minds requires understanding our own motivations and biases.Presenting facts and information alone is not enough to change someone's mind.Engaging in meaningful conversations and exploring different perspectives is essential for changing minds.The cascade effect can be used to scale up the process of changing minds.About The Guest:David McRaney is a science journalist, author, podcaster, and lecturer. He is the host of the podcast "You Are Not So Smart" and the author of the book "How Minds Change." McRaney is known for his work in psychology, neuroscience, and social sciences.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
40:01 11/15/23
25. So we thought we would do a tournament - Jan Voelkel
How Crowdsourcing Identified Effective Strategies to Reduce Political PolarizationJan Voelkel discusses the Strengthening Democracy Challenge, a joint project between academics and practitioners aimed at reducing anti-democratic attitudes, support for political violence, and partisan animosity among Americans. The challenge involved testing 25 different interventions to determine their effectiveness in shifting people's attitudes. The results showed that many of the interventions were successful in reducing partisan animosity, with strategies such as highlighting sympathetic exemplars and emphasizing a common identity as Americans proving to be particularly effective. The challenge has received positive feedback from both researchers and practitioners, and there is optimism about the potential for these interventions to have a real-world impact.Key Takeaways:The Strengthening Democracy Challenge tested 25 interventions to reduce anti-democratic attitudes, support for political violence, and partisan animosity.Strategies such as highlighting sympathetic exemplars and emphasizing a common identity as Americans were effective in reducing partisan animosity.The challenge has received positive feedback and there is optimism about the potential for these interventions to have a real-world impact.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
26:56 11/1/23
BONUS 2023 Recap – Meet Austin Chen
The podcast has been running for over six months and has covered a range of topics related to political sectarianism and the outrage industry. The host and creator, David Beckemeyer, discusses with co-director and co-editor, Austin Chen, key episodes, including interviews with experts like Peter Ditto, Jeffrey Berry, and Stephen Rathje. They explore the role of moral superiority in political divide, the influence of social media on outrage, and the incentive structure that drives the outrage industry. The hosts emphasize the importance of understanding different perspectives and engaging in productive conversations. They also encourage listeners to focus on local issues and take care of their own well-being.About The Guest:The guest for this episode is Austin Chen, the co-director and co-editor of the podcast. Austin brings a unique perspective to the show and shares his insights on the topics discussed.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
62:34 10/25/23
24. The good news is we really do know a lot about what we need to do - Phyllis Leavitt
How Recognizing Fear and Pain Can Heal Our Divided SocietyIn this episode of the Outrage Overload podcast, host David Beckemeyer interviews psychotherapist and author Phyllis Levitt. We discuss her new book, “America in Therapy” in which she describes the anger and division in American society, the importance of listening and understanding different perspectives, and the need for mental health education and awareness. Leavitt emphasizes the role of therapy in promoting healthy relationships and explores how these principles can be applied on a larger scale to heal the divides in our country.Key Takeaways:Psychotherapy is nonpartisan and can provide a bridge between opposing views.Deep listening and inquiry are essential for understanding and connecting with others.Repairing human relationships is harder than waging war, but it is necessary for healing and reconciliation.Mental health education is crucial for promoting empathy, understanding, and healthy relationships.The United States needs to embrace a sense of sovereign unity, balancing individuality with a commitment to the welfare of the whole.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
27:23 10/18/23
23. For the most part, people are speaking into the void - Sanjay Jolly
What Baker's Ideas on Media Can Teach Us About DemocracySanjay Jolly discusses the work of C. Edwin Baker, a leading scholar of constitutional law, communications law, and free speech. Baker argued that the First Amendment should protect the public's right to receive information from diverse sources. Jolly explains how media decisions are made, how technology fuels outrage, and the importance of understanding the forces that shape the narratives that impact us.Key Takeaways:The First Amendment is about individual dignity and ensuring a robust and open public discourse.Local journalism functions as a public good and requires public investment to fill gaps left by the commercial media system.Public media alternatives are necessary to provide resources and infrastructure for communities to produce and distribute media that represents themselves.Social cohesion and trust are difficult to achieve in a deeply unequal society.Unequal societies stoke social anger and resentment, which can be directed by well-organized groups.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
41:03 10/4/23
BONUS - If traditional medicine was doing a good job, there wouldn't be as much demand for alternatives - Britt Hermes & Michael Lenz
How Chronic Conditions Drive Desperation: The High Cost of Naturopathic CareBritt Hermes, a former naturopathic doctor, and Dr. Michael Lentz, a board-certified physician, discuss the intersection of naturopathy and evidence-based medicine in this episode. They explore the challenges faced by patients with chronic conditions that traditional medical systems struggle to treat. Britt shares her experience as a naturopath and her decision to leave the profession due to concerns about the lack of scientific evidence and potential harm to patients. Dr. Lentz discusses his approach to treating complex conditions like fibromyalgia and the importance of addressing social determinants of health.Send us a Text Message.Support the Show.Show Notes:https://outrageoverload.net/ Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.HOTLINE: 925-552-7885Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episodeIf you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverloadMany thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.
39:31 9/27/23