The Arab Spring, NSA, Gun Control & Other Media Storms That Became The "New Normal"

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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.

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