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Cancel Culture: The Threatening Side of Online Messaging

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WASHINGTON, DC, Feb 16 – The proliferation of click-and-send computer-based communications – email, text messaging, social media, etc. — has made it easier to send and receive information. That’s a good thing. But, underlying the benefits of instant, wide-ranging sharing of thoughts and news is a sinister movement called “cancel culture.”

You may have heard the term, although a Pew Research report revealed that just 44% of us have some knowledge of what cancel culture is all about. Only 22% of the more than 10,000 survey participants said that they had “heard a great deal” about it, while “56% say they’ve heard nothing or not too much about it, including 38% who have heard nothing at all.”

So, what is cancel culture, and what is it all about? Simply put, it is a way for radical Leftists to dismiss or cancel, people and thoughts that don’t share their politics. According to Pew, “The number of people who can go online and call out others for their behavior or words is immense, and it’s never been easier to summon groups to join the public fray.”

Cancel culture is so onerous and dangerous that so-called moderates on the Left are attacking their radical brethren. In an open letter signed by 150 well-known left-wing journalists, authors and educators cautioned that, “The way to defeat bad ideas is by exposure, argument, and persuasion, not by trying to silence or wish them away.” It was a pretty gutsy move, and, sure enough, their radical shipmates came down on them for daring to undermine their far-left cancel culture movement. 

Best-selling author JK Rowling, creator of Harry Potter, was among those who signed the letter. Rowling is among a list of writers who, according to fellow author Anthony Horowitz, are “under siege” by cancel culture activists. As Horowitz put it in Britain’s Daily Mail: ‘There are moments when I’m writing a character, who might be from a different ethnicity to mine, or a different sex or gender or background. I start worrying about what the reaction might be because it’s so unfathomable. That is scary because writers shouldn’t be following the agenda; they should be setting it. But that’s not happening anymore.’ 

A study by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni [ACTA] headlined Resisting Cancel Culture exposed the dangers of the cancel culture mindset. ACTA found that

  • A recent survey showed evidence that [due to cancel culture] Americans are more fearful to voice their real opinions now than at the height of the McCarthy era.
  • Cancel culture organizes or manipulates the social or media environment to isolate, intimidate, deplatform, or demoralize political or social adversaries. It is inherently hostile to viewpoint diversity and intellectual pluralism. Criticism comes from the world of truth-seeking, cancel culture from the world of propaganda and information warfare.
  • Cancelers’ power to coerce and intimidate has been turbocharged by social media, where devastating shaming campaigns can be organized literally in minutes, and by the discovery that employers and professional associates are quick to knuckle under to such campaigns.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education [FIRE] has its own name for cancel culture; FIRE calls it Cultural Marxism and notes that it is a threat to “freedom of thought, free speech, and the free expression of ideas.” The Foundation conducted a survey recently and found that the cancel culture movement is viewed as a threat to our democracy.

Reporting on the FIRE survey, Nico Perrino, Vice President of Communications, said, “Cancel culture isn’t just about what gets said and then punished. It’s also about what never gets said for fear of punishment. The chilling effect of self-censorship is real — and can have an alarming effect on how Americans communicate.”


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Brenda B
9 months ago

I wanted to share THIS article on facebook, but it only shared the entire site so that people would have to search for what I was referring to. (My comment on the post: In case there is anyone out there who DOESN’T know what cancel culture is…). Make ARTICLES shareable!

Karen
9 months ago

There are millions out there that are not be among the cancelled cultured. Let’s get out there and pulverize those lunatics who choose to put their mark on those who DO NOT deserve it. It’s only those lunatic commie bas—ds. 2022, 2022, 2022!!!!!!!!!!!!

Smili'in Jack
9 months ago

Sooner than one might think, someone rightfully angry for being cancelled, will seek out their tormentor and confront them with a solution of their own and give them a taste of their own medicine from which they may never recover and who could blame them. There will be a time for retaliation, it’s inevitable.

Judy K.
9 months ago

Both of my replies to ‘Denise’ have been held back by your comment filter ‘awaiting approval.’ It is hypocritical after reading this article. And if the reason for the filter replying to peoples comments is to protect them, I’m sure people are smart enough to report any threatening comments themselves!

Judy K.
9 months ago

AMAC, please please, for the last time, stop holding up our comments!
This article is exactly about what your rediculous monitoring system is doing. I’d like to say that most of us are mature adults here, and are very capable of defending our opinions to those who might take offense. So please just get rid of the opinion canceling system. Maybe reread this article, if you get my drift. I mean no disrespect to AMAC, but I as well as others feel we are being disrespected by having to wait for our comments to be approved. By the way, we’re around foul language nearly on a daily basis, so it doesn’t hurt our feelings and we just skip by anyone who uses bad language.
Warn them, and if it’s not part of your policies, make it so, then tell the person or persons they will be blocked from commenting after the number of decided warnings they were given.
Easy peasy!

Smili'in Jack
9 months ago
Reply to  Judy K.

I have had the same problem for an ordinary post with no threats of any kind. Once they monitor your post, it is never Un-monitored. The post never gets to see the light of day, Annoying is a mild term for it.

Denise Ledford
9 months ago

These cancel culture groups are like little dogs yapping behind the fence as the big dog passes by.

Judy K.
9 months ago
Reply to  Denise Ledford

Perfect analogy!

Judy K.
9 months ago
Reply to  Denise Ledford

Well, I thought I’d try posting my reply to your comment again, AMAC just held up my last one…well see if they do it again; I had replied,

“Perfect analogy.”

(last time I used an exclamation point at the end, maybe that’s what their comment filter is too sensitive to). They just need to get rid of it.

kontrary1
9 months ago

The easily intimidated are rarely worth listening to anyway.

Denise Ledford
9 months ago
Reply to  kontrary1

Well said.

capt_J
9 months ago

But I’d bet money that, if asked about it, these self-righteous weasels would tell you that they detest the blacklisting of so many people by Sen. Joe McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee.

And, of course, the cancel vultures don’t see themselves as McCarthy’s spiritual heirs. The leftists are like vampires—they can’t stand to look in mirrors.

Stephen Russell
9 months ago

Been censorship online via Big Tech day 1
Left Facebook for fear of censorship, then LinkedIn dumped me for fwding videos of voter fraud for 2020 race then.
Am on Parler now
Scrap Google, Facebook/Meta, YouTube, Twitter, like Ma Bell

Brenda
9 months ago

I was not a fan of political correctness when it came out in the late 1970s and I am definitely not an fan of cancel culture. If what I say or stand for hurts your feeling is, tough cookies!! Events happened and nothing you say or do can change that. If you expect me to be considerate of your feelings, then you had better be considerate of mine!! Very sad a person has to think several times before saying something! Time to speak out and up again!!

capt_J
9 months ago
Reply to  Brenda

Amen, Brenda! I cringed mentally the first time I heard the phrase, “political correctness.” I thought it was the most un-American thing I’d ever heard coming out of an American’s mouth—like something out of Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia. Sadly, we’ve seen even worse than that since the ’70s.

Denise Ledford
9 months ago
Reply to  Brenda

The only way to deal with the cancel culture is to cancel them. I will leave that open for interpretation.

James
9 months ago

We should not Let the cancel culture get away with anything.

Patty L
9 months ago
Reply to  James

Yes….. but…. How do we stop it? Our so-called representatives in Washington are behind it!

Denise Ledford
9 months ago
Reply to  Patty L

By using the cancel cultures tactics against them. It works both ways.

Smili'in Jack
9 months ago
Reply to  Patty L

Cancel them out at the next election and tell everyone you know to do the same.

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