Thursday, February 11, 2021

Cancel Culture explained, succinctly


Seneca Rocks, W Va, 2014

A Twitter Thread called “Wokal Distance” does a nice job of explaining cancel culture.  There are 19 tweets and you can access it here.  

Variety explained the controversy over tweets by Gina Carano, who was to star in LucasFilm’s latest offering. They were edgy but I would not have been phased by them.  The CBS News (Zach Seemayer) went on to report her firing, as an example of “cancel culture”.

Wokal explains cancel cultural as a societal hack that gives large groups in society who believe they have been wronged as a group the power to force others to address their needs, without using government the way more authoritarian (communist or Marxist) especially.

It is mainly a weapon of the “tribal” (and “intersectional”) woke Left.  It is true that the alt-right is also very tribal, but it is trying to hold on to something that wasn’t morally legitimate for members of their group to be able to share or enjoy in the past without personal accountability    The Left could argue that if its opinions could be enforced (with dissent to them not allowed), people now left behind will be better off, even if individually they “fail” according to meritocratic norms popular with, say, libertarians.  That’s why they can be so defensive of “critical race theory” or race-sensitive redistribution or reparation (or simply “affirmative action”) proposals.

That arguably makes even moderate conservatives fearful of what could happen down the road.  Expropriation. 

His point 16 is telling. “Cancel culture means a guy I’ve never met, in a state I don’t live, can see a video I didn’t film, of a thing I didn’t say to him, and get me fired from my job for using a service he didn’t use.”

He gives an example of someone being fired for criticizing a pro-Israel policy.

 Update:  Timcast IRL weighs in on Carano.   Steven Greenhut at Reason also weighs in on the career destruction of cancel culture, and suggests it should be limited to public figures.  But a Blogger like me is probably a public figure by now. 

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