Moral outrage in the digital age

  title={Moral outrage in the digital age},
  author={Molly J. Crockett},
  journal={Nature Human Behaviour},
  • M. Crockett
  • Published 1 November 2017
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Nature Human Behaviour
Moral outrage is an ancient emotion that is now widespread on digital media and online social networks. How might these new technologies change the expression of moral outrage and its social consequences? 
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