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Exhaustion and hyper vigilance

This quote is from a conversation between Ezra Klein and Krista Tippett about politics, polarisation and the media. Something about it reminded me of what it can also feel like in dysfunctional organisations.

There’s a real way in which the business models, the technological underpinnings of how we get our … political information, have oriented towards outrage and urgency. And so I think that there’s a deep way in which we are manipulated into … feeling a constant state of emergency. And it would be one thing if that was a productive emotion, but what I think it leads to is a constant state of either exhaustion or hypervigilance, both of which can be bad in their own ways. — Ezra Klein