Cancel culture is TOXIC! How destructive it is and why it must be stopped!
Cancel a culture is a modern form of ostracism in which someone is thrust out of social or professional circles – whether it be online, on social media, or in person. Those who are subject to this ostracism are said to have been “canceled”. The expression “cancel culture” has mostly negative connotations and is commonly used in debates on free speech and censorship
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Centuries ago, it was tarring and feathering. Today, it’s a hashtag. It’s evolving, but is cancel culture effectively? Mob mentality. A modern social justice practice. An impediment to free speech. A platform for marginalized voices. Call it what you will. Cancel culture is a concept so hotly debated that it remains in limbo, much like many individuals’ attitudes toward it.
The one common theme everyone seems to agree on is that cancel culture involves taking a public stance against an individual or institution for actions considered objectionable or offensive. But is it an effective way to hold those in positions accountable, or is it punishment without a chance for redemption?
In July, when Harper’s Magazine published “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate” — a critique on cancel culture without directly naming it — it was met with immediate backlash. The letter was initially signed by 153 notable individuals, including J.K. Rowling — who has recently faced calls for cancellation due to social media comments considered transphobic by some. For Mel Stanfill, UCF assistant professor of texts and technology, the letter is an example of how canceling culture can be a complicated practice.
“I think to cancel culture can reflect an awareness that people are not willing to accept things that they used to accept or have not been able to resist in the past, but in some ways, it’s a moral panic,” says Stanfill, who is also an assistant professor of English. “The Harper’s letter was a bunch of really rich and famous people writing in a national magazine about how they’ve been silenced — yet they still get access to this forum. So it highlights the fact that [cancel culture is] this fear over something that is not real. So if we’re going to talk about cancel culture, we can’t talk about it in isolation, we have to put it in context.”
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