In recent years, the term "cancel culture" has become a hotly debated topic in media and politics – but millennial journalist Sarah Jones says that it's not as bad as people think.
In a recent interview with The Christian Science Monitor, Jones argues that cancel culture is not a new phenomenon but a continuation of a longstanding tradition of public shaming. In the past, people have been shamed and ostracized for everything from adultery to blasphemy. The only difference now, she says, is that social media has made it easier for the masses to participate in the shaming process.
But Jones believes that cancel culture can be a force for good. She argues that it is a way for marginalized communities to speak truth to power and hold those in positions of authority accountable for their actions. She points out that cancel culture has led to some real changes, such as removing Confederate statues and firing public figures accused of sexual harassment.
Jones also addresses the argument that cancel culture stifles free speech. She argues that this is a mischaracterization of the issue. She believes that everyone has the right to speak their mind, but they must also accept the consequences of their words and actions.
"Cancel culture is not about silencing people," she tells The Christian Science Monitor. "It's about holding them accountable for the things they say and do."
Of course, some argue that cancel culture has gone too far, that it has become a weapon used to silence dissenting opinions and punish people for minor infractions. They say that it stifles free speech and punishes people for making mistakes. Jones acknowledges that there are valid concerns about the excesses of cancel culture, but she believes these excesses are not representative of the movement as a whole.