A personal introspection
Thank you Brian. This article gets to the heart of one of the many problems we see emerging from social media. While cancel culture has always existed -albeit in subtler forms within large media outlets- social media has given it a much bigger stick, with greater reach and an irreversible impact. The difference now as you so clearly point out, is that cancellation has taken on a mob mentality where the effects on those being cancelled are permanent. Such heavy-handed public stoning eliminates any opportunity to learn how differing views arise, and thus little opportunity for either side to grow. Sadly, it's a brave new world out there, and until we find a way to rein it in, public opinion rules.
“Artists, writers, and entertainers may find themselves self-censoring their work for fear of backlash, leading to a homogenized cultural landscape devoid of challenging or controversial content.” A tragic state of affairs in so many ways; I shudder to think of where this takes us long term. This was an excellent breakdown of the issue, all the more with the personalization.