Cancel culture: Ideas on what we can do to combat it

Cancel culture is all the buzz these days. From Dr. Seuss to Gina Carano to Eminem, social media users are calling for people to be “canceled” — a social media trend that has resulted in very real consequences.

Some people will argue it’s not a real thing — it’s instead a buzzy term being fueled by conservatives. However, examples like the Dixie Chicks and Colin Kaepernick show us it’s something that goes both ways and has had impactful results.

Cancel culture is the idea of calling someone out and no longer supporting them for something they said or did.  It can often be for past behaviors.

While the term is relatively new to the last few years, the practice isn’t entirely new. And those calling for the “canceling” often don’t accepting apologies or dialogue as a solution.

They instead want quick action.

During a recent conference, I led a discussion on cancel culture and our group examined some potential solutions. At the end of the day, it all came down to conversation, understanding and dialogue. You can take a look at that here:

What do you think can be done to combat cancel culture? How does the media play a role? What’s the best way to handle it?

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