Class Warfare Blog

July 17, 2020

Oh, Oh, Oh, the Cancel Culture

The American Right Wing has lost its mind again. And it is such a small thing it is hard to find once lost, so I feel for them. I also wonder why they call it a right wing as there is no left wing any more and a bird consisting of one wing and a body cannot fly . . . but I digress.

Regarding the “cancel culture,” the Right is decrying the few protests that have resulted in right-wing speaker’s speaking gigs getting canceled, mostly because of Internet protests.

“Ow, ow, ow,” they cry, earning a Snowflake Award.

I have commented before on the role the Internet has played in the expansion of atheism and racism in this country. The Internet provides forums which creates distance between those interacting and, in many cases, anonymity. This has allowed many people, previously squelched by public opinion, to speak there minds.

In the case of atheism this has allowed many atheists to find out that they are not alone and there are a great many other people who have the same thoughts and attitudes. Since this has expanded and reinforced people of this ilk (of which I am one) and we do no harm to our fellow citizens, I consider this a net good thing.

In the case of racism, the exact same thing has occurred. Prior to the development of Internet chatting, racists were more and more isolated and racist comments became less and less acceptable across the country. The reason was public disapproval. Gossip and shaming are social controls that evolved millennia ago to help us keep society reined in. And then came the anonymity of the Internet and racists, separated from those who would chastise them for their comments, found fellow travelers and were reinforced in their attitudes. They discovered that they weren’t as alone as they thought they were. Since racists do harm to our fellow citizens, even if minimally spreading bad attitudes toward certain groups of people, I consider this a net bad thing.

And, now we are here.

Now we are seeing public gossip and shaming catching up with the special interest groups on the Internet. We cannot be present to squelch bad behavior but we can do it via the Internet! No longer are torch lit parades necessary to flaunt one’s approval or disapproval of a social group, one can do it from the comfort of one’s home while wearing pajamas.

And, who disapproves of this esteemed social mechanism rebalancing itself from having gotten out of whack through unforeseen new technologies? The bastions of the status quo, the protectors of tradition, aka cultural inertia, the supporters of social institutions like churches, police forces, the military . . . the Grand Old Party, the Republicans.

As always, in politics in this country, it really does depend upon whose ox is getting gored.

6 Comments »

  1. Ah, well, the far right lost its collective mind long ago, I suppose. I certainly understand your point. The internet has certainly been driving a lot of this. It’s also allowed people to isolate themselves, avoid reading/viewing ideas that might make them uncomfortable. They avoid unbiased media which presents actual information, and restrict themselves to media organizations, groups and chat groups that merely echo their own biases and prejudices. I put on my hip boots, gloves and respirator and dip into the the depths of the far right media outlets and chat groups and the like, and for the last, oh, well, about the time Obama first got elected, it has become an increasingly toxic and, frankly, insane place to be. Qanon, as they call it, is nothing compared to some of the stuff floating around out there. This is a world where liberals are baby eating (literally) demon possessed satanists, where people openly call for the execution of homosexuals, transgendered, Democrats and anyone else who doesn’t adhere to their personal prejudices and biases and religious beliefs. A lot of these people are mentally ill. And these are the people the GOP has been kowtowing to for the last twenty years.

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    Comment by grouchyfarmer — July 17, 2020 @ 3:43 pm | Reply

  2. I find the idea fascinating. When I was a kid I remember campaigns to stop gay people from being teachers, then calling for gay people to be expelled from the military, then don’t ask don’t tell. Just last year there were religio-political groups arguing for the right to deny service to LGBT people in shops and restaurants. But none of that is cancel culture, right? Cancel culture, a social emergency of the foremost importance, is when people criticise or don’t invite certain public figures to events they feel should be honouring them 🙂

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    Comment by The Pink Agendist — July 17, 2020 @ 5:06 pm | Reply

    • Yeah, there is nothing that is too trivial to distract the body politic from the really harmful stuff they are doing.

      On Fri, Jul 17, 2020 at 5:06 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — July 17, 2020 @ 9:25 pm | Reply

  3. They’re so very good at smashing the straw men they make.

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    Comment by john zande — July 17, 2020 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  4. You might enjoy the debate at Climate Etc

    https://judithcurry.com/2020/07/14/cancel-culture-discussion-thread/

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    Comment by James Cross — July 19, 2020 @ 3:11 pm | Reply


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