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Cancel culture

Hello guys,

what is your opinion about Cancel Culture?

To me, it is quite a negative thing in most cases. I think it's quite different to raise awareness about a topic ("metoo") and to unite, no matter the cause and to shame. I would say it's basically "shunning".

Source: NY Times

"Cancel culture refers to the popular practice of withdrawing support for (canceling) public figures and companies after they have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive. Cancel culture is generally discussed as being performed on social media in the form of group shaming."

Well I suppose people is free to support or to not support whatever they want, but I can se how easily it can become an annoying behavior if they are "canceling" good artists/good value/interesting people for silly reasons or just for expressing non-PC (politicaly correct) opinions, and then everyone and their daughter becoming scare of hysterical digital mobs and almost forced to practice extreme self-censorship.

In that climate I think we all end losing

To me, it's a mix of:

  1. Power: controlling the culture and the narrative
  2. Self-actualization: it's a way of saying "I exist". But instead of building and doing your own thing, you take the easier way and seek to destroy those who've already established themselves
  3. Self-discovery: a part of the cancel culture is teenagers who have little idea about what they're doing, saying, or standing for. They're seeking an ideal to live by, a way to make an impact
  4. Virtue-signaling: I attack this guy for being bad and morally bankrupt, which by reflection means I'm better
    1. Self-signaling: if I attack this guy, it means I must be good. It's a way of hiding one's own shadow and dark side

Which one is stronger will depend on person by person.


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