ContraPoints Gave a Masterclass on Cancel Culture
In a career-defining moment, Natalie Wynn impeccably articulated what the real problem of ‘cancel culture’ is.
Like the polarized state of our modern politics, the preexisting analysis on what has become commonly known as “cancel culture” skews towards overstating its impact, or otherwise denying its existence depending on where one sits on the political spectrum. Conservatives deem it loathsome because it’s used to silence their perspectives, while progressives see in it rightful retribution for sins past. So far, no take worth its cultural stock saw fit to defy the conventional wisdom–that is only until Natalie ‘ContraPoints’ Wynn threw her hat in the ring, setting the record straight about her past gaffes, while taking aim at dispelling the many myths harassment mobs delude themselves into believing to justify their ill-considered retaliatory behavior.
The argument often floated against the existence of any semblance of cancel culture by the left is that it doesn’t seem to be all that consequential for a public figure’s livelihood–the theory here is that Wynn was above all reproach, and so her persistent critics were justified in continuing to pursue her due to the massive delta of public influence separating the two. The problem as Wynn’s video goes to articulate, is that what is often conceived of as the mere domain of hypothesis can be the very lived reality a targeted public figure is dreading. For Wynn, the most demoralizing aspect of her ‘cancellation’ phase, was the strong case of social media illiteracy many of her detractors seemed to exhibit–not illiteracy as in “not knowing how to use social media”, but as in not understanding how its dynamics function as a certain threshold of daily interactions is reached, wherein the intake of information far exceeds normal human capacity, and the work of curating what is useful or not becomes the top priority.
The above, is a fundamentally different case from what leftist activists circles usually…