You can’t believe he said that.
How could a popular (or formerly popular) high profile (or relatively high profile) person say something diametrically opposed to (or just a little bit different from) my views on a particular political matter?
“I know what I’ll do!” you think to yourself. Blood pressure rising. Anger bubbling up in your gut.
“I’m going to try to ruin that guys life!”
Welcome to Cancel Culture. The internet mob mentality that tries to ruin folks’ lives for daring to say something with which the “politically correct” crowd disagree.
I was sorting through my thoughts on Cancel Culture and trying to figure out why it bothered me so much. And while more could be said on the topic, here are three specific things I could put my finger on that bug me.
I’m calling them 3 Systemic Problems of Cancel Culture.
- Cancel Culture ignores The Golden Rule: The notion of doing unto others as you’d have them do to you seems lost in the Cancel Culture mentality. I presume these individuals wouldn’t want people to use the tactics they do to try to ruin them. It’s not at all unusual for the digital mob to isolate statements, ignore or downplay context, and try to make them look as heinous as possible. They would NOT appreciate somebody doing the same thing to them.
- Cancel Culture is Bloodthirsty: It can feel good to have power and use it. But once the outrage mob is successful once, they’re emboldened to strike again…and again…and again. Their lust for another win leads to witch hunts and managing to find offenders around every corner. Not because real offenses are being committed, but because they’re so determined to find somebody to attack that they’ll attack even when it isn’t rational.
- Cancel Culture Hates Those Who are Crushed By It: Every so often somebody who’s been attacked by the digital mobs will actually try to engage with their critics, and might even apologize for whatever alleged insensitivity they’ve caused. But the howling mob, overall, is “non-plussed” by it. They don’t seem interested in forgiveness. They don’t seem interested in “hearing the other side.” They don’t subscribe to Dale Carnegie’s idea of trying to let people save face. There doesn’t seem to be any love or compassion for the object of their wrath. The mob wants victory. A trophy for themselves. Annihilation of the enemy.
Now that we’ve talked about Cancel Culture, let’s turn the conversation to ourselves. How do you do when you’re talking with people you disagree with? Do you treat them the way you’d like to be treated if the roles were reversed? Do you have any compassion or care for this person, or are they just another person to argue with or try to destroy?
Think about it!
To your growth,