Trial by Democracy
Addressing cancel culture is difficult for the same reasons addressing fascism, communism, or anarchy is difficult: Its a power system with multiple layers of complexity and nuance. For a clear example of this unclearness, look no further than this statement from Tammie Teclemariam about getting a CEO fired: “Its unfortunate it takes a smoking gun to make it clear to a large amount of people that this person is bad”. On its surface, it almost sounds like she finds evidence to be an inconvenience to accomplishing an agenda. Then again, was there legitimate “bad”-ness and getting him canceled was her only option for pursing justice? What gives her the right to have someone fired anyways? Twitter, actually. “Canceling” is a sort of digitized democracy. Sure, people can throw literal toddler-tantrums and do severe damage to others unjustly, but it is also a means for the otherwise voiceless demand, and sometimes get, justice. Its messy, but democracy usually is.