The Outrage Industry
Political Opinion Media and the New Incivility
Jeffrey M. Berry and Sarah Sobieraj
Reviews and Awards
"Jeffrey Berry and Sarah Sobieraj have written an important book about a phenomenon that has been a major contributor to partisan conflict and gridlock in Washington in recent years-the development of an increasingly hyperbolic, emotional and negative style of media commentary. The Outrage Industry will be must reading for anyone who wants to understand why our political system is so dysfunctional"
--Alan Abramowitz, Alben W. Barkley Professor of Political Science, Emory University
"Amidst a changing media landscape, we are fortunate to have Berry and Sobieraj as guides, mapping the terrain of an expanding media genre. This rich and compelling analysis of the production and consumption of outrage media is sure to inspire much-needed discussion about the politics of today's news media and stimulate new research on this powerful but understudied genre. The Outrage Industry is essential reading for media scholars and students, and for all those concerned about the future of journalism in the United States."
--William Hoynes, Professor of Sociology and former Director of Media Studies, Vassar College
"The Outrage Industry provides a thorough, revealing look behind the scenes of today's angry rhetoric and the networks and systems that make it tick. The book is admirably empirical, thorough, and nuanced, and it should be required reading for those trying to understand our political landscape, how we got here, and the role of media in building and reproducing political identities."
--Andrew Perrin, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill