Cancel Culture

A new buzz term for the media and politicians to seize upon for political spin…..it is being used liberally these days…..it has replaced the word “jab” for vaccination…..

So much written and spoken but just what is this phenom we call ‘cancel culture’?

But what the Hell is this?

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.

Within the turbulent past few years, the idea that a person can be “canceled” — in other words, culturally blocked from having a prominent public platform or career — has become a polarizing topic of debate. The rise of “cancel culture” and the idea of canceling someone coincides with a familiar pattern: A celebrity or other public figure does or says something offensive. A public backlash, often fueled by politically progressive social media, ensues.

Then come the calls to cancel the person — that is, to effectively end their career or revoke their cultural cachet, whether through boycotts of their work or disciplinary action from an employer.

To many people, this process of publicly calling for accountability, and boycotting if nothing else seems to work, has become an important tool of social justice — a way of combatting, through collective action, some of the huge power imbalances that often exist between public figures with far-reaching platforms and audiences, and the people and communities their words and actions may harm.

But conservative politicians and pundits have increasingly embraced the argument that cancel culture, rather than being a way of speaking truth to power, has spun out of control and become a senseless form of social media mob rule. At the 2020 Republican National Convention, for example, numerous speakers, including President Trump, addressed cancel culture directly, and one delegate resolution even explicitly targeted the phenomenon, describing it as having “grown into erasing of history, encouraging lawlessness, muting citizens, and violating free exchange of ideas, thoughts, and speech.”

https://www.vox.com/culture/2019/12/30/20879720/what-is-cancel-culture-explained-history-debate

This is nothing more that a trendy slogan and jingosim….Jingoism, an attitude of belligerent nationalism, or a blind adherence to the rightness or virtue of one’s own nation, society, or group, simply because it is one’s own. The term is the approximate equivalent of chauvinism (in one of its meanings), originally a French word (chauvinisme) denoting excessive or irrational patriotism.  (britannia.com)

A look at our ‘Cancel Culture’ Conundrum….

But what is cancel culture? Isn’t that a rightwing term used to excuse bigoted behavior and avoid accountability for said behavior? Yes, that’s how the right uses the concept — as a weapon against the rest of society.

And that’s all I’ll say about that. Now to the left. Cancel culture on the left also exists. The people claiming otherwise are part of the left’s version of cancel culture. (Note to anarchists: when I use the term “left,” this includes you, too. We can argue about the semantics of that later.)

Who are these people?

Cancel culture on the left is not easily described or easily dismissed. It takes on many forms, and of course my use of the term “cancel culture of the left” is intentionally provocative. There are many different reasons why people gravitate towards simplistic solutions to complex problems, but I’ll keep using the term anyway, because, at the same time as it may provoke, the term is perfectly appropriate to use to describe a significant element of the left — whose significance is often wildly amplified by the algorithms and other properties of social media, and by the fear or acquiescence of the rest of us.

Cancel Culture Conundrums

Just another diversion by the Right to cease all debate on the problems and solutions this country faces daily.

All this cultural divide started with the slug Reagan and the progress of cultural crap by the GOP has lead us to this moment in our history.

All this is just the use of social media to pass around propaganda and misinformation to further divide the country in the hope of electoral successes.

A sad indictment of a once proud country.

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3 thoughts on “Cancel Culture

  1. The best example of cancel culture here was the hatchet job done on the former Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn. Because of his Socialist policies, he was attacked from all sides on MSM and Social Media, eventually resulting in his forced removal as leader.
    (I sent you an email)
    Best wishes, Pete.

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