Brothers and Sisters Podcast: Whatever Will We Do About Cancel Culture?
Aja Romano notes how within the past few years, the idea that a person can be “canceled” — in other words, culturally blocked from having a prominent public platform or career — has become a polarizing topic of debate. The rise of “cancel culture” and the idea of canceling someone coincides with a familiar pattern: A celebrity or other public figure does or says something offensive. A public backlash, often fueled by politically progressive social media, ensues.
Then come the calls to cancel the person — that is, to effectively end their career or revoke their cultural cachet, whether through boycotts of their work or disciplinary action from an employer.
To many people, this process of publicly calling for accountability, and boycotting if nothing else seems to work, has become an important tool of social justice — a way of combatting, through collective action, some of the huge power imbalances that often exist between public figures with far-reaching platforms and audiences, and the people and communities their words and actions may harm.
But conservative politicians and pundits have increasingly embraced the argument that cancel culture, rather than being a way of speaking truth to power, has spun out of control and become a senseless form of social media mob rule.
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Walter Sellers is currently serving as President of SFE Inc. He is the son of military parents and that experience growing up around the world helped shape his world view. He was educated at Elon College obtaining a BS in Mathematics. He is Six Sigma certified and has aided multiple corporations in sales, process, and development.
Lindsay Wilson is a native West Baltimorean who’s breathed fashion, culinary arts, and math from a young age. By the age of 5, she was an avid coffee drinker and balancing her grandmother’s checkbooks. She believes this early start was instrumental in propelling her matriculation at University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a Meyerhof Scholar and subsequent work in real estate accounting. Currently, Lindsay is pursuing her Master’s in Finance at the University of Baltimore, and plans to cross over into portfolio management in the near future.
Autumn Woodland is a graduate of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University earning a B.S. in business administration in 2002; and a graduate of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University earning a JD in 2005. Autumn is also a voice actress, visual artist and works as a compliance professional in the energy industry.
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