Throughout history, society has always punished people for behaving differently or expressing views beyond their social norms. Consider the Salem witch trials, the turmoil of society reacting to Darwin’s theory of evolution, or even the condemnation of homosexuals throughout history. These effectively form the root of what we call the culture of annihilation. In its modern embodiment, the culture of abolition does not have a clear definition. Vox for example, that definition is “a tendency to call on the community to boycott a celebrity whose insult is believed to have gone too far.” Another definition was used in one Open letter in Harper’s magazine and see cultural destruction as “intolerance to opposing views, a tendency to defame the public and boycott, and the tendency to dissolve complex policy problems in a certainty of morality.” What both parts have in common is the growing virulence of this culture, once seen as a way for ordinary people to hold celebrities and politicians accountable for their actions. Although its origins were certainly born of a global desire for social and cultural sensitivities, the indiscriminate “canceling” of people simply to express different views created create an environment where people are afraid to speak their minds out of fear of punishment. It is for this reason that the destructive culture must be canceled.
Given the way it is often used to denounce people who express controversial views on topics like sexism, the source of “undo” people can shock you. The first time the world sees someone canceled is in the movie New Jack City, where gangster Nino Brown, played by Wesley Snipes, ditches his girlfriend after she collapses by saying “Cancel it. I will buy another. “
Since then, we’ve seen more examples of celebrities canceling kissing others, most notably an episode from the reality show called Love and Hip-Hop. After the episode aired, the words “you canceled” began to appear on social media platforms, and the idea of canceling out people who did things that people disapproved of spread. It eventually develops into a reaction towards celebrities and other key people whose behavior they find offensive.
Now that we have caught up with the origins and ideas of the culture of cancellation, we can find out why it has become a controversial issue in recent years. While this is undeniably an effective way to reprimand someone for expressing an offensive point of view, the consequences of a culture uproar canceling out can have some serious consequences. deserving of the victim. After giving a misleading tweet, JK Rowling, author of Harry Potter novels, was faced with outrage from the fandom, many of whom are part of the LGBTQ community. Some even openly denounced her as the author of their favorite series, effectively vying for the magical world its creator. She has yet to return to twitter since December 2020 after the degree of contempt given to her.
‘Menstruation.’ I’m sure there has been a word for those people. I need some help. Fainting? Wimpund? Dirty?
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– JK Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020
If sex is not real, there will be no same-sex attraction. If sex is not real, the reality of women’s lives globally will be erased. I know and love transgender people, but eliminating the concept of gender will lose many people’s ability to have meaningful discussions about lives. It is not hate telling the truth.
– JK Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020
In another more recent case, the former President of the United States Donald Trump, famous for his controversial and controversial tweets, was expelled from Twitter after he gave a protest speech to his supporters who subsequently stormed the Capitol of the United States.
What these examples illustrate are the serious irreversible consequences one could face with a simple tongue or finger slide. In fact, it shows that no one is immune from the judgment of the proponents of cultural annihilation. After all, if even a president can fall victim to this culture, how safe can ordinary citizens be? In addition to social contempt, more radical advocates of the culture of abolition can exercise vigilance against victims in real life, or IRL, as the younger generation says. Tech-savvy Twitter users have been known to discover people’s identities and other personal information, even going as far as sending hate letters and threatening death to home or work. their job. Amy Cooper, AKA “Central Park Karen” lost her job in an investment firm after falsely denouncing an African-American man who threatened her and her dog. Because of the anonymity online, there is very little government can do to stop these vigilant people from harassing victims. In one case close to home, a video of a woman refusing to wear a mask in Singapore, claiming her as a “sovereign owner”, went viral last year. Before the woman’s identity was revealed in court, netizens began hunting for Tuhina Singh, who was determined incorrectly, with her personal details circulated online.
Proponents of annihilation culture often preach about how it puts power in the hands of ordinary people, allowing them to put politicians, celebrities and corporations in their shoes. While the previous examples may show how individuals are affected by their disrespect and “destructive” behavior, the reverse is that very few celebrities actually suffer any loss. any long-term harm to their career. The nature of social media, only fleeting, means that people often forget about these issues very quickly. In fact, the controversy surrounding these individuals can actually serve as a marketing tool for them. One only needs to look at country artist Morgan Wallen, who was canceled for uttering racial profanity in front of camera. Though some the radio stations refused to play his songs, his album has climbed to Spotify charts and sales soared, as well as his social media tracks. As a result, people in positions of power rarely face any lasting influence, compared to ordinary people who continue to live in fear of destruction.
It is the consequences that the victims of destructive culture have to bear that create a cloud of fear, making people more vigilant with their thoughts and actions. If your opinion can provoke the outrage of some very sensitive individuals, that won’t create much incentive for anyone to express themselves anymore. Even Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has expressed reluctance to ban Trump permanently, even though he feels the move is necessary.
“These actions must be taken to distract from public conversation,” he wrote. “They divided us. They limit their potential for clarification, redemption and learning ”.
I don’t celebrate or feel proud of our ban @realDonaldTrump from Twitter, or how we got here. With this clear warning we will take this action, we have made a decision with the best information we have based on threats to physical safety both on and off Twitter. . Is this right?
– jack (@jack) January 14, 2021
In short, canceling culture is nothing new. It is simply an extension of what humans have done since we grouped together in society. With limited knowledge and access to information, our ancestors simply deal with the unknown in the only way they know. But with our near-limitless access to information today, we should know better. We know about different cultures and how each has its own set of standards, rules and practices. Rather than being more accepting of each other, many have chosen to turn away from others with us. This in turn has created an environment of fear and restraint and it is disrupting freedom of speech and expression. If we want to outperform our ancestors, we must embrace diversity and open discussions to grow and learn as a global society. To do this, harmful practices like abort culture have to be canceled.