Media and Culture

All about the cancel culture by Stacy Amewoyi

The phenomenon of “cancel culture” only creates an environment of hostility across
various social media platforms. For those unfamiliar with the concept, it involves publicly
calling out, shaming and boycotting celebrities and their products. However, its usage
has stretched beyond celebrities and is now used to target the average citizen. As a
result of cancel culture , ordinary people have faced consequences such as losing their
jobs, being shunned by friends and family, or having to remove their online presence.
Cancel culture is believed to create a sense of accountability for those who say or do
controversial things. Instead, it creates an environment where harassment and bullying
are accepted and embraced. Social media gives anyone the opportunity to weigh in on
the person being “canceled,” which not only jeopardizes that person’s safety, but also
puts them at risk for being alienated completely. Unfortunately, that is sometimes the
goal in these types of cancel culture situations.
The call-outs often challenge historical inequalities and bring greater accountability to
those in positions of power.
Critics of cancel culture believe it is an unfair and indiscriminate rush to judgment that
relies on “mob mentality.” Some have likened the cancel culture to a witch hunt against
public figures for various personal, political, and ideological reasons. Others have said
canceling someone can be an overly disruptive form of intolerance.
Cancel culture has been considered acceptable by some people in some cases
because it seemed to provide a way for marginalized individuals and groups to silence
someone they deemed hurtful. As a result, powerful individuals or groups that would
otherwise evade responsibility for their destructive behaviors would be exposed to the
facts and face the consequences.
On the other hand, cancel culture has been called a negative, even toxic way of
simplifying complex issues and encouraging snap judgments that can easily result in
overly harsh consequences in less offensive situations.
Cancel culture is undeniably toxic when it involves criminal threats, invasion of privacy
(doxing), or driving a person to suicide . People might wish to believe it will effect
positive social change. The nature of so many comments on social media seems to
indicate otherwise
Moving Forward Requires a Shift in Attitudes and Behaviors. Over the past four years in
the United States, the political climate, combined with an unprecedented global pandemic crisis, has created an atmosphere of volatile uncertainty and anxiety. We
need to take a deep collective breath and recommit ourselves to the ideals protecting
sacred human rights that are the basis of our democracy. The fact that these ideals
have not been fully realized should not blind us to their enduring importance.
Contrary to what many politicians of the day wish us to believe, most of us want the
same things for ourselves, our children, and future generations.
Freedom to believe, think, and speak responsibly from our own experience
A safe place to live and work
Enough food, access to education, and health care, and money to live
Freedom to worship (or not)
To survive as a democratic country that supports fundamental human rights, we need to
lower the temperature of our social discourse. Simply canceling someone because we
disagree with their position does nothing constructive. Engaging in a respectful
exchange of opinions while working toward the same goals is how we will thrive and
grow as a society

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Salia Ahmed (Promoter Koolic) Ghanaian Publicist and Brand expert based in Accra,Ghana. In 2010, promoter Koolic started professional public relations with Accra Based record label,HnBb Music,Promoter Koolic is the founder of Brainstorm Promotion,an entertainment service provider in the area of public relations,branding,production and consultation. Between 2013 and 2016,Promoter Koolic worked with Rivers fm and Brainstorm Studios. He is serving a number of boards in various capacity helping promoting show business in Ghana. He currently works with a good number of brands and artistes in Ghana and other parts of Africa and Europe. Mobile:+233570587299 E-mail:[email protected]

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