Cancel culture has become a popular term to describe ending someone’s career abruptly and “with cause”. Social media cancel culture can ruin a person’s career and change public perception of them swiftly. In this blog, I’m gonna be talking about the negatives and positives that come with the cancel culture.
My friends and I use the term “you’re cancelled” whenever somebody does something we don’t like although it’s just a joking expression to express distaste for something or someone, I think it is essential to acknowledge how fast we make assumptions based on things we see on social media and this can be especially dangerous when we aren’t doing our due diligence in fact-checking. Here is a blog on the benefits of cancel culture.
There are two sides to the coin with cancel culture people are able to call out others behaviours that are problematic and that they disagree with but also the people being cancelled don’t often get a chance at redemption or to explain their actions or make amends. With social media letting us hide behind our screens we sometimes forget that everyone is a person and to treat them with kindness and give the same grace that most would give somebody in real life. When we don’t have in-person connections with the people were interacting with or viewing online we don’t have the same compassion to see them as a person. I think this is where cancel culture gets a little sticky especially when people are not required to back up all their data with fact-checked sources. Here is an article that I found interesting surrounding cancel culture and if we have taken it too far as a society.
I think people are super eager to shame people for their views when they don’t align with their own and cancel culture is a tool that makes it so free speech isn’t so free anymore. When people don’t feel safe to share their opinions or own stories without the fear of being cancelled, I think that creates a very narrow-minded environment where people only feel comfortable sharing what fits within societal norms. And although there are instances where people’s views are extremely harmful to another party I think that many people are leading with love when they want to share their own experiences or opinions and for them to be pariahs in doing so I don’t think we’re creating an inclusive environment for the social media space.
Don’t get me wrong I fully agree that we should call out people who preach hateful things and hold people accountable for their crimes, but I think we take it a step too far when people are being cancelled or shunned from social media for having views that are different from social norms. We are all human and make mistakes and I think that it is important that we let people learn from and move on from them.
What are your thoughts on cancel culture? Let me know in the comments!
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