Jonathan MS Pearce writes the blog A Tippling Philosopher. He’s recently written about cancel culture and I thought it would be great to have him on and discuss it!
We reference two pieces he wrote. The first is titled Is “Cancel Culture” Butchering the Centre?
Here is an excerpt:
Cancel culture is the talk of the town. What is it, for those uninitiated?
The act of canceling, also referred to as cancel culture (a variant on the term “callout culture“), describes a form of boycott in which an individual (usually a celebrity) who has acted or spoken in a questionable or controversial manner is boycotted. [source]
This might take shape in boycotting a brand or, more likely to upset the right, de-platforming people: cancelling talks that usually right-wingers are due to give at, say, universities. It involves supposed “silencing” of voices who aren’t “politically correct” enough, like JK Rowling on her views about trans people.
The second piece is titled Cancel Culture: Choose your Own Narrative.
Here’s a bit from that post:
This is shouting about a minor issue and making it sound way worse than it is and either explicitly ignoring or allowing ignoring of the far worse threats from the right. What is worse, having a woke culture, or society run by bigots like Ben Shapiro and, well, Trump? This is shouting about often minor issues (as in, not as commonplace or pervasive as they are claimed to be) and making it sound way worse than it is and either explicitly ignoring or allowing ignoring of the far worse threats from the right.
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