What are your thoughts on the plight of Cancel Culture, especially on social media? Every second day when you log on to Twitter there’s a hashtag #[InsertName]mustFall. If you even dare to have an opposing or unpopular opinion then you could find yourself at the mercy of the digital vigilantes. When you “cancel” people, do they become un-famous or do they just become infamous? Do they really get cancelled or do they just gain another level of notoriety? The biggest fear I have is that many people feel that posting an opinion online is sufficient to make a change in our society.
The purpose of Cancel Culture
Is cancel culture even effective? I think it’s one of many aimless online activities. Today the masses will voice their opinion about who should be cancelled and tomorrow it’s all forgotten. There isn’t a single person who was cancelled online who was truly cancelled in real life. One moment a person is cancelled and the next they are back like nothing ever happened.
On one hand, this is a good thing because popular opinion isn’t always correct. Those who are unwarranted victims of cancel culture can then move on with their lives. On the other hand, what happens when it’s somebody who is a true risk to the safety of society?
Is Cancelling people effective?
Online rage is not enough to bring any change. Remember the time when all motorists were furious about the introduction of e-Tolls? We posted tweets, cancelled politicians and even created Facebook groups and petitions. The rage fizzled, the posts faded off our timelines and the e-Toll bills are delivered to our homes monthly.
Cancel Culture doesn’t actually cancel anything. We see people go from famous to infamous. But, you will never see anybody who was cancelled become un-famous. It might cause a glitch in your brand but it’s never anything permanent.