We’re dragging out those delicious pent-up negative feelings as long as we can, using any flimsy reason we can, because it feels so good to be so mad, especially when the reason we got mad to begin with was so legitimately appalling. And we can do it forever. Each one of us has a camera in our pocket we will whip out to record anything we consider a sky tragedy with a speed that in another era would make us the fastest gunslinger in the West. From that perspective it all seems so entitled, but it’s not. All of it is an attempt at affecting some kind of change on an industry that’s always seemed like it doesn’t care about any of us, even if there were some objective scientific way we could prove that untrue.
If being obnoxious pricks who drag corporations through the mud online like they dragged a bloodied David Dao is what gets shit done, then so be it. People dogpiling their complaints the way they have is the least they can do. If you’ve got a problem on a flight, you can complain to the crew. When the problem is a larger systemic issue of disrespecting paying customers, no one’s going to pay attention to one person storming the gate …
… but they’ll listen to hundreds of thousands of us tweetstorming the gate. And if news outlets pick up on those viral outbursts and turn them into stories, so be it. This is the first time in history that we’ve been able to punch back against this shitty, shitty industry, and I’m all for it.
Luis is sharping his pitchfork, ready for whatever outrage comes next. In the meantime, you can find him on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook.
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