I think the other thing about the concept of saying something's hardly a surprise, is that is stands in for a more general concept of urgency
So if the Panama papers are revealed, and people respond by saying it's hardly a surprise that there's financial funny business going on in the world, it just feels like an attempt to deflate the issue of a sense of urgency, when it should have a sense of urgency attached to it.
@abbenm I wish there were some effective way to attach the urgency of a new discovery to the knowledge that this has been going on all along
Yeah. I don't know if there's a clear and obvious answer, but I also might just be overthinking it and perhaps there just is a clear and obvious answer.
But the main thing, is that I welcome conversations centered on expressions of moral outrage.
One immediate comparison that popped in my head is when a murder gets reported in the local news. In some general sense, murders happening isn't a surprise, but we still have strong reactions when they happen, for good reason.
And of course local news coverage of murders is a problematic example for a number of reasons, but it was the most immediate and obvious example I can think of.
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