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Toxic Cancel Culture Is Bad for Democracy – Manila Bulletin


John Tria

Over the last few years, I’ve heard the term “cultural cancellation.” The Collins English Dictionary defines it as “a social climate in which individuals or organizations are likely to be expelled in response to perceived misconduct.”

In the early 2000s, it began as a demand for accountability for unacceptable behavior and behavior limited to the early online communities, chat groups, forums, and the weblogs we call today, the comments section of the “blog.” I did. From here, a common behavior, or “culture,” began.

Over the years, algorithm-driven search engines began to curate how we saw the online world, and social media allowed us to respond with the ability to amplify messages, ourselves. Became the master of the wall, and loved and shared the stories we chose.

The explosive growth of smartphones, which began in the late 2000s, has further democratized access to these expression tools, from community-level shared opinions, in extreme cases, by people with social media accounts, or by people with social media accounts. The culture has shifted to toxic online bullying of people with social media accounts.

The watershed moment in the development of the cancel culture was a fierce debate about same-sex marriage in the United States in 2013 and a campaign in favor of or against the country’s reproductive health bill. This further energized the culture, and some netizens went beyond their stories and opinions, denying other ideas of their place in the sun and canceling friends who sympathized with positions they did not share. I even urged you to do it.

It’s sad to see today that the cancellation culture has transformed into a culture in which thoughts appear to be cracked down by others, creating self-censorship that exposes our opinions to general ideology. Sometimes it means that you need to sympathize with canceling others and form a virtual Lynch mob against different others. Shared behavior, or culture, is being strengthened. If people were canceled by mistake in the past, today they are canceled by their thoughts, remarks, or not speaking.

What was the effect? For one thing, there is a fear of saying even a valid idea or suggestion, which is labeled and the person claiming such an idea is afraid to be “beaten”. Cancellation, or fear of being canceled, imposes control over other opinions and limits our ability to participate in valid discussions. Isn’t it good for us to hear and understand?

Therefore, cancel culture is bad for democracy because it reduces the exchange of free ideas and reduces the respect for minority thinking, which is an essential element for the prosperity of the democracy system.

Faced with the global reality of persistent inflation, western heat waves, and pandemic waves in many places, everything has undermined the local economy and has already worn out social ties, adaptations, and recovery. You need to be free to discuss ideas that will help you overcome them. Fear of the thought police canceling you.

Tony Agero
The late Antonio M. Agero, a giant in Mindanao media, was unique because he was not only the manager of publishers, event hosts and radio stations, but also the beloved mentor of Davao’s Giano. He is an intelligent, widely read civilian leader who served with me as a councilor of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and other organizations. In many conversations, the idea that the story of Mindanao’s diversity and abundance is a story worth telling and that articles need to be well written to record the context of our time for future readers. I shared it. God speed, Tony.

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