Monday, March 8, 2021

Cancel the Words from my Mouth, or Else


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                          ( all info can be found below, click on highlighted beneath photo) 

 "Cancel culture" is a term batted around and was unknown until recent months. What does it mean? 

"There is no single accepted definition of cancel culture, but at its worst, it is about unaccountable groups successfully applying pressure to punish someone for perceived wrong opinions. The victim ends up losing their job or is significantly harmed in some way well beyond the discomfort of merely being disagreed with. Someone like J.K. Rowling isn’t really a victim of cancel culture—she’s too rich to be punished in any meaningful way and she doesn’t have the kind of job that one can be fired from."

New York Times columnist Charles Blow, tweets: “Once more THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS CANCEL CULTURE. There is free speech. You can say and do as pls, and others can choose never to deal this [sic] you, your company or your products EVER again. The rich and powerful are just upset that the masses can now organize their dissent.” The rest of his views can be accessed.

But this cancer has deepened. "The situation has deteriorated to the point that one no longer needs to say anything to be targeted by cancel culture. At Skidmore College in New York State, a professor is being boycotted for merely attending a pro-police “Back the Blue” rally."


Until my hand becomes a working entity, I have been researching, cutting and pasting. So this is an article for you to read. 

Please comment for me below. I really need some joy from thinking or even non-thinking  writers. Your words are ones I'd like to see!

19 comments:

  1. NO COMMENT!!! ;-) Most times lately I am completely lost. Maybe just confused would describe it. But I do read a lot of articles and some leave me confused because I do not get their actual meaning. After reading some 'religious' articles I come away asking, what did I just read?
    Political is more obvious with a slant, if you do not agree with me YOU ARE DEFINITELY WRONG with no hope of 'salvaging.'
    I hate to think that I cannot have views and share them without being condemned for some known or unknown prejudice. I find myself becoming 'prejudiced' against prejudice and that doesn't even make sense to me.
    BTW hope the use of the hand returns sooner. That has got to be a super aggravation.
    Love sent from Florida
    Sherry & jack

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  2. The people who are now bitching the loudest against so-called "cancel culture" are precisely the ones who in the past wielded exactly the same consequential tactics against groups they didn't approve of -- black people, minorities, women, LGBTQ. What goes around, comes around. Now it's THEIR views that are being disapproved of. Cry me a river, bigots.

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  3. It's a terrible shame and a blow to free speech.

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  4. I have given "cancel culture" a little bit of thought (but I am no writer, that's a certainty). Basically I see it as a pathway to exclude people for not espousing the same beliefs as the group. Be it employment, social, familial. Although with family, that's the place when you go there, they have to let you in. :-)

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  5. I will say once again what I have said for years. Each person in our free country has the right to say and believe whatever they wish. As long as no one is harmed by those words or beliefs they are free to use them. As the old saying goes, "Your right to swing your arms ends where my nose begins."

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  6. I 'think' that like political correctness (which I mostly support) it is sometimes taken too far. Free speech does give people the right to think and say what they feel. However an acceptance of some of those sayings can be harmful and dangerous. The things that come out of our mouths SHOULD be censored - by ourselves.

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  7. Sigh. The phrase "cancel culture" is wielded as a weapon. "Oh no, they're coming after me!" Mostly, it seems that it's a way for people to complain that they're being targeted. But those that have been targeted for years... I don't know. I just don't know. That's why I avoid the topic.

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  8. What's going on with your hand?
    I'm pretty much in agreement with Debra and EC.

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  9. Yes, a very dreadful situation! What is going wrong?

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  10. I'm inclined to agree with Charles Blow. If I don't agree with a person I won't vote for them. If I don't like a company's policies, I won't buy from them. It's just common sense.

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  11. I don't think I've ever heard the term Cancel Culture. Is there such a thing as a "non-thinking" writer?

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  12. This is a topic that I talk about a lot especially if you follow my Twitter account . Cancel culture is a manifestation of what many of us are calling the postmodern or identitarian left. As someone who identifies as a liberal on many levels. I have found that the postmodenists are as far as away from my values as is Trumpism. No surprise that Charles Blow made that statement . His views are very postmodernist.
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  13. I liked what Emma Springfield said. It sounds very libertarian to me. And no, I don't get cancel culture at all.

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  14. Cancel people if you want, the fact is, if someone believes and speaks the truth, and you silence her/him, it does not change the truth.

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  15. Sounds like a form of bullying to me. I try mostly to listen to myself and not get too far from my core values. If I read something that makes me feel bad, I just move on by. I also feel folks have the right to their own opinions and beliefs so again if I don't agree I just move on by and let them own it.

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  16. Coincidentally, my latest post is along similar lines...

    Take good care. :)

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  17. Only recently a politician stopped me in the street and asked, "Do you believe in free speech?"

    I said, "Yes!"

    He then asked to borrow my cell-phone.

    God bless.

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  18. I wince every time I hear about cancel culture. Maybe I'm a semi-thinking writer, but I think much of it is good old fashioned bullying, which is now done so easily, thanks to social media. Opinions are one thing. Destroying someone's livelihood, or posting someone's address is a different thing. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!