if not hypersensationalized news stories, heart attack grill style grimey oversaturated internet drama video essay thumbnail visuals, what does the usa run on

is it because we need something to believe in, to have faith in, that we resort to these exaggerated reactions so that we can feel at least a little grounded? is that why intimacy is taken to its logical extreme with sex—anything other than that "not enough"— and why this whole nostalgia industrial complex is so lucrative, combined with microtrends?