Was just rereading parts of Hooking Up, Tom Wolfe's great collection of essays, published in 2000. On page 117, this quote, from Marshall McLuhan, really resonated.
"Moral indignation is a technique used to endow the idiot with dignity."
Think of all the people you know who, when confronted with a "hate fact," sputter, "I find that really offensive!"
McLuhan had their intelligence gauged accurately.