In the age of the 24-hour social media news cycle, ‘cancel culture’ has emerged as a way of dealing with public figures. Collins Dictionary defines ‘cancel culture’ as ‘. . . a social climate in which a person or organization. . . is likely to be ostracized in response to a perceived wrongdoing’ For some, Cancel Culture has become a solution to removing offenders and abusers from their industry or platform.
Should organizations or people be written off or cancelled without the opportunity for redemption? Is there any right that can undo or heal wrongdoing? Join American Public Square at Jewell’s Student Initiative as we seek to understand when cancel culture materialized as a form of social justice and the arguments for and against ‘cancelling’.