Final peice: Cancel Culture- Should it stay, or go?

Cancel Culture- Should it stay, or go?

Cancel Culture is how someone is deleted from society. This can result in an extreme fall from fame. Bliss turns to burns as the person is removed from social apps, loses profit, and maybe even loses credit for all the good things they have done. They sometimes deserve this punishment, however sometimes what they have done is small, or a blip from decades ago.

This effort can occasionally be worth it, but can also be over-the-top.

In this report, we will discuss the pros and cons of Cancel Culture, with good arguments from both sides. At the end, we will present this speech to our teacher so he can act as a jury. Lovable_lobster (LL) and admiral_camel (AC), who sadly is off today, so LL will be presenting his part instead, prosecuting, with patient_panther (PP) defending.

Point 1, prosecution: The majority of people think that cancel culture is bad and I agree with them too. I think this as canceling someone out for what they have done can affect other people's lives, lives of people that haven't actually done anything wrong. For example the person being canceled could be the boss of a company where many people work and earn money from their job but when the boss is canceled it affects the worker’s lives as they will lose their job, lose their money and it can lead to them having a bad reputation. When, I really haven't done anything wrong.

Point 2, defence: Though I acknowledge your point, LL, the business may be based on stigma or taboo around a particular subject, therefore, though the negative repercussions are real for the innocent people, the world, or at least the targeted victims, would be safer and happier as a result. You can always get another job, but the emotional/physical/mental trauma might last the entire victim’s life. Therefore, cancelling is a thumbs-up from me.

Point 3, prosecution: While the argument of PP is sound, it is also true that cancelling one person may inadvertently remove a record of them doing good things. For example, in an earlier lesson, we discussed a cook who had had a delicious restaurant that pleased many for years. This meant that many people had just overlooked the fact that he had completely cleaned up his act and started pleasing the many, instead searching for one miniscule event that had happened 25 years ago. Those you cancel may not deserve it in the least, or at least not now. I, for one, say we should stamp out Cancel Culture!

Point 4, defence: This cook has been treated badly by the cancel culture; this does not mean that we cannot take a more controlled approach to canceling someone. The actions of someone should be punished, and cancelling is a plausible course of action. We cannot, however, cancel someone completely for a miniscule reason. We need to use the tool of cancelling like a prison sentence; give out the right amount at the right time.

Point 5, prosecution: A person could have written a really unkind and mean comment on social media when they were young and immature. When they are many years older they become a very kind and caring person and get a really important and special job. But a person scrolls through their social media account and finds this unkind comment and reposts it showing the world what they said . When people see this post they think it is very mean and cruel after many people read this post and they decided that this person doesn't deserve their job and should be canceled. This person loses their job, money and reputation for something they did years ago!

In conclusion, cancel culture is good, and bad. It can hurt people and help people. It should neither stay just as much as it should go.

Comments (1)

  • tom Tom @ the BNC
    15 Jul 2021

    This reads like a the transcript from a courtroom - well done!

    You hint at what your conclusion is, but if you were the teacher (as the jury), what would you decide and why?

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