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Is “Cancel Culture” being cancelled?

In July 2020 Harper’s Magazine published ‘A Letter on Justice and Open Debate’ an open letter signed by more than 100 liberal writers, activists and academics in the hopes of ending “cancel culture”. Cancel culture is the social media phenomenon of people advocating for the cancelling or sacking of people they don’t agree with. This public statement aimed to criticise illiberalism and promote tolerance of different viewpoints but received mixed opinions online, with some people having a clear problem with the letters signatories. Does cancel culture need cancelling? Why was the Harper’s letter so controversial? Is this a necessary move? Will it work? harpers.org/a-letter-on-justice-and-open-debate
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No, this is the result of the devaluing of cultural capital

The anti "cancel culture" letter piblished in Harper's Magazine must be understood in the context of the majority who signed it: a group of exceptionally wealthy and powerful people who cannot take criticism of their often prejudiced views and opinions. What these people do or have to say is becoming less valued as something special as public communication is being revolutionised by social media, but as elites this is something that many of these people are not used to. J. K. Rowling is a key example, can she really be described as a victim? She has so much money and so many platforms to reach her many millions of readers, no matter that she cannot be cancelled. Cancel culture will not be ended by the Harper's letter as for most that have signed it it say more about them than the wider culture, demonstrating that it is getting more difficult for many of these celebrities to navigate these changing times.

mondoweiss.net/2020/07/cancel-culture-letter-is-about-stifling-free-speech-not-protecting-it washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/yes-cancel-culture-is-real-and-its-dangerous foxnews.com/media/counter-letter-dismissing-cancel-culture-anonymous-signers-fearful-of-retaliation

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The Harper's Magazine letter was signed by number of high profile hypocrites who are themselves cancel culprits, some of which have formed their careers calling out people that have expressed a different opinion to theirs. A number of Israel supporting signatories have advocated against the “robust and even caustic counter-speech" [1] the letter called for, Bari Weiss [2], Cary Nelson [3] and Shadi Hamid [4] have all supported the marginalisation of various academics and journalist for criticising Israel. Two other notable signature to appear on the letter were that of Anne Marie Slaughter and David Frum, both are arguably war criminals who supported regime change war, literally cancelling peoples lives and destroyed countries with illegitimate wars based on false evidence [5]. The very presence of some of the names on this list completely undermines the intention of the list, bringing it more scorn than success.

[1] mondoweiss.net/2020/07/cancel-culture-letter-is-about-stifling-free-speech-not-protecting-it [2] theintercept.com/2017/08/31/nyts-newest-op-ed-hire-bari-weiss-embodies-its-worst-failings-and-its-lack-of-viewpoint-diversity [3] truthdig.com/articles/how-the-israel-lobbies-hurt-the-university-of-illinois-and-the-first-amendment-in-the-salaita-case [4] youtube.com/watch?v=om59ivszwOE [5] jonathan-cook.net/blog/2020-07-09/letter-cancel-culture-free-speech

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