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Within the turbulent past several 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. This canceling and segregation has grown into a cult known as the cancel culture. The cancel culture has a negative influence on society; however, some individuals believe it's helpful.
My first argument is callout culture is a slippery slope that leads to intolerance in democratic societies as people are systematically excluding anyone who disagrees with their views. This culture is the very definition of totalitarianism. It is violating our first freedom of speech and expression where everyone is entitled to their own opinion whether others agree with or don’t. The differences between people are inevitable so why cancel people if they haven’t done or said something entirely illegal or harmful. People should be able to speak out or remain silent on issues without fear of getting canceled or cut off. When there are various point of views debates and discussion arises which help to raise awareness about certain topics. Unfortunately, this free exchange of information, ideas, and opinions is daily becoming more constricted by the so-called cancel culture.
- Is Cancel Culture (or “Callout Culture”) Good for Society? (2021, February 16). ProCon.Org. Is Cancel Culture (or “Callout Culture”) Good for Society? (2021, February 16). ProCon.Org. https://www.procon.org/headlines/is-cancel-culture-or-callout-culture-good-for-society/
- 2. Network, The Learning. “What Students Are Saying About Cancel Culture, Friendly Celebrity Battles and Finding Escape.” The New York Times, 19 Nov. 2020. NYTimes.com, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/19/learning/what-students-are-saying-about-cancel-culture-friendly-celebrity-battles-and-finding-escape.html.