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This whole cancel culture myth

  • 11-01-2022 9:06pm
    Registered Users Posts: 487 ✭✭Apothic_Red

    I see the Pope was on about it today, must have stopped giving out about pets.

    Anyway, I want to address this myth that there's a secret body of Internet warriors who can destroy a career on a whim if someone offends their collective sensibilities.

    How is this power exercised as I'm having trouble thinking of any examples where someone was "taken down" by this wave of righteousness.

    Last time I looked Harry Potter books were still selling like hotcakes, Father Ted was on constant loop & Billie Jean was on all major playlists.

    Can anyone share an example where someone, outside criminal behaviour, has actually been "cancelled".

    Can anyone define what being cancelled actually entails.



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  • I suppose i wish either side of the cancel culture argument could find a little consistency about whether mean things being said on the internet are a big deal or not as opposed to each getting their strop on as and when it suited them about it

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  • Registered Users Posts: 195 ✭✭animalinside

    Well the pope is around a decade behind everything as a rule, the fact that he even knows what "cancel culture" is is impressive for him.

    The idea of "cancel culture" probably hit its peak in around 2018-2019 when social media stars would see dramatic swings in their popularity due to something that they did. For example, the Logan Paul suicide forest controversy or the Pewdiepie vs WJS controversy. Social media stars are particularly at risk for it because a lot of young people can unsubscribe immediately so you see a big effect on their income straightaway. Trying to "cancel" JK Rowling is a bit harder because there isn't that instant effect for the person boycotting her as much. It's also a lot easier to cancel smaller social media people because they are dime a dozen and don't have the staying power or hardcore fans propping them up.

    Brooke Houts is an example of an actually cancelled person - she was a girl who was found abusing her dog behind the camera and she was effectively "cancelled" (and rightly so). Romeo Lacoste was also "cancelled" and lost a lot of money because of allegations about him. Toby Turner is another. Of course they always tend to try to make some comeback. The case against Toby Turner seemed particularly flimsy though.

    But apart from those few examples that ruined some people's lives, "cancel culture" never took off in a very strong way with heads periodically rolling as some seemed to believe. I haven't heard the term in a while.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,857 ✭✭✭silliussoddius

    There was the time the BSharps said they were bigger than Jesus.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,659 ✭✭✭✭mfceiling

    Read Jon Ronson's "so you've been publicly shamed".

    Twitter pile on's are all the go. Problem is nowadays if you don't agree with someone, rather than debate with them and have a reasoned argument, it's easier to stick your fingers in your ears and cry that the other person is wrong.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,476 ✭✭✭RobbieTheRobber

    So should we force people to socialise with people they don't like?

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