Kennedi R., student, Selma Alabama— Cancel culture is a pressing issue in our world today. Cancel culture tears through the walls of society, dragging down people with it. Things such as social media, gossip, and even our political system are involved with cancel culture. Everyone has observed, been a victim of, or canceled somebody. Sometimes, people get canceled and we don’t realize it due to the fact that cancel culture has been normalized in our society. It is said that Earth is home to over eight billion humans. We all are a part of a society, a family, or a group. Cancel culture can happen anywhere, and affects people everywhere.

One significant factor of cancel culture is Social Media. Many people use social media platforms everyday. We frequently scroll and tap our screens until we get bored of it. There are many reasons why people use social media; to communicate with family and friends, share their lives through posts and videos, and to see what their favorite celebrities and influencers are doing. Some people use social media to cancel others. Through a digital screen, a comment, post, private message, or video is uploaded. Content that’s being posted on social media gets reposted, liked, commented on, and shared in just milliseconds, including the various hate comments that start the effect of cancel culture. The digital footprint of these posts never go away, even if you archive or delete them. Canceling affects people all around the world. The victims of canceling may feel upset, mad, and even become depressed because of the negativity that’s targeted towards them.

Our society has been dealing with the problem of cancel culture for decades! We may not realize it, but cancel culture comes in different shapes and forms. The specific term, “cancel culture” has been used since 2015, and its widespread usage began in 2018. Even though the term was create less than a decade ago, cancel culture has existed way before that. Some of the main obstacles that our world is dealing with today are poverty, gender equality, LGBTQ+ rights, etc. To further explain, people who cancel others may target them based on their demographics which include their race, gender, economic status, sexuality, and religion. These worldwide problems are most commonly spoken on and it makes it easier for a person to cancel someone based on these issues.

Cancel culture has also become a political issue. Talks of cancel culture started on Twitter and eventually found its way into our United States Government. The idea of  being “politically correct” is similar to the actions of cancelling. This terminology has been used since the 1990’s and the meaning has changed over the years. A lot of the ideas of “politically correct” ideas jump from party to party. The actions of cancelling are commonly shown from right-wing politicians. These can happen through social media, new outlets, or even through physical contact. Cancel culture may seem like it just happens through social media, but it happens within our own political system!

The exclusion of people in society plays a major part in cancel culture. Subgroups that form in our society can cause people who are not included in them to envy others and make them feel excluded. One way to eliminate these feelings is by promoting inclusivity in our society. These subgroups are commonly found in schools, workplaces, and sometimes even in our own families. Gossip spreads throughout these subgroups and canceling can occur! We have to consider others and their feelings; also how we would feel if we were in their shoes! We must do this, because you never know what someone is going through. The things that you might be saying about them could be uncontrollable. Everything that we say will be heard and observed, even behind closed doors, so we must adhere to the golden rule; Treat others the way that You want to be Treated.

Cancel culture ties into an array of subjects and affects our society in negative ways. Social media, our society, subgroups, and even our political system play a part in cancel culture. Today, wars are going on and facing some of the same issues that cancel culture deals with. We all have good and bad days, but sometimes people take canceling too far. We must hold each other accountable when we do wrong, and we must work on our weak areas so that we can build a more humble and stronger society. 

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