Social media holds the power to ruin someone’s life.
That’s a consequence of the public square being moved online.
And this new report shows people are getting fed up with Big Tech toxicity.
People on Twitter, particularly leftists, have the nasty habit of combing through someone’s entire past in search of some kernel that could ruin their lives.
That is the crux of cancel culture, and a growing number of Americans are getting sick of it.
Generation Z, the people who currently range from preteens to mid-20s, are just as exasperated with cancel culture as are the Baby Boomers.
Morning Consult reports:
“Still, despite their conflicting views on one social matter, the oldest and youngest generations hold very similar views regarding cancel culture. Half of baby boomers and 55 percent of Gen Zers (with little variation based on race or gender) expressed negative views about the cultural phenomenon that’s led to the ostracization of various figures for acts or statements the public considers unseemly. Millennials, at 36 percent, were the least likely to view cancel culture negatively.”
It makes sense considering much of Gen Z’s existence has been chronicled on social media.
They are the generation most likely to have embarrassing statements tucked away in the recesses of Twitter or Facebook.
Unfortunately, there’s still a large swath of the public that foolishly believes cancel culture is merely “accountability culture.”
However, the people holding others “accountable” are largely ideologues who are canceling targets for political reasons.
Those who are in line with the establishment often walk away unscathed.
Cancel culture has spiraled out of control.
For example, Mike Richards not only lost the Jeopardy! hosting gig because of benign comments on a podcast nobody listened to nearly a decade ago, he got fired from his producer as well.
The phenomenon has gotten so bad, a group of prominent liberals signed onto the Harper’s Letter denouncing cancel culture.
However, the gesture of solidarity was short-lived when a handful of signees took their names off the list because they didn’t want to be associated with “canceled” author JK Rowling.
The impulse to dig up old tweets and Facebook posts and destroy people is disturbing.
A not insignificant number of online users clearly derive pleasure from cancel mobs.
But some of the cancelers have found out the hard way what it’s like to be on the wrong end of the posse.
Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.