The cancel culture, which has become the nightmare of the internet day by day, can bring people’s lives to a standstill. What is the cancel culture, which is one of the important mass behaviors of the modern world, and why does it occur?
While the Internet is strengthening its place among the sine qua none of our lives day by day; It also introduces new concepts. The concept known as “Cancel/Callout Culture” in English can be said to be the most popular of these.
Social media platforms are undoubtedly one of the vastest universes that the internet offers to human life. Of course, the attention and importance of these platforms increases the power of instant reactions, fast agendas and opportunities to be heard. The cancel culture, about which there has been a worldwide debate lately, is one of the powerful and even dangerous muscles developed by social media platforms.
What is Cancel Culture?
Cancel culture, collective withdrawal of support from individuals named in events that have negative repercussions in society; means the complete exclusion of the person. The main purpose of the cancel culture is to isolate and punish the entity that is wanted to be canceled because of the wrong it has committed. This culture, also known as the method of pushing the modern world out of the social sphere, is not only the person in question; It also negatively affects other people and even institutions that are noticed to be in cooperation with this person.
How does Cancellation Occur?
Cancel culture is a concrete example of how a small spark can turn into a giant flame. The spread of wrongdoing and reaching large masses occurs as a result of these masses changing their attitudes and behaviors by becoming conscious. The influence of social media platforms in the formation and spread of this mass reaction is quite high.
- Having TT (Trend Topic) on the country or world agenda on Twitter,
- Sharing on Instagram stories,
- Distribution via video on TikTok,
- Spreading through common hashtags on various platforms,
- Discussing individually or in groups on Facebook
Many social media behaviors like these play a big role in turning the current situation into a cancellation movement.
What causes Cancel Culture?
Cancel culture is seen as a necessary action, especially when it comes to socially sensitive situations, and it occurs quickly.
Examples of these situations:
- Violence against women
- Animal violence
- Harm nature
Is Cancel Culture overrated?
While the this culture continues to exist, the discussions about it continue without slowing down both in our country and in the world. While one side argues that a culture of cancellation is necessary and those who do bad deeds that deserve to be exposed to it, the other side argues that cancellation culture is a kind of psychological violence and it is inappropriate to continue cancellation practices for a long time, especially if it is not criminal misdemeanors. Should people be canceled outright, or does everyone deserve a second chance even if they’re cancelled? Many questions on the subject still do not have a definite answer.