The Arab Spring, NSA, Gun Control & Other Media Storms That Became The "New Normal"
Remember when everyone, president included, was absolutely freaking out about mass shootings... and then began to accept them as tragic inevitabilities? We'll call this the "Chicken Little" effect: a huge and life-changing event occurs, and the sky looks like it's falling. The media explodes with reports, and everyone freaks out. For a while.
Then the furor dies down. Because there's a bigger, newer story, and everyone's adapted to the normalcy of the old one — which no longer has the capability to shock. We've rounded up some the biggest "New Normal" stories of the last decade. Enjoy the trip down mediastorm lane.