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CANCEL CULTURE is a sharp needle that needs rebalancing

 There is some form of cancelling people from social circles that leave much to be desired. I have interacted with people who have been blocked by social media group admins, lefted  on their own volition or “exited” by the social media managers.

Cancel Culture violates free speech and is a form of censorship whose victims are usually lower in power play ranks. Photo/COURTESY

According to Wikipedia, Cancel culture (or call-out culture) is a modern form of ostracism in which someone is thrust out of social or professional circles – whether it be online, on social media, or in person. Those who are subject to this ostracism are said to have been "cancelled".[1][a] The expression "cancel culture" has mostly negative connotations and is commonly used in debates on free speech and censorship.[4]

The reasons for them leaving stem from various causes such as them being perceived as being not one of them (the closely knit circles) or just by them outgrowing the virtual spheres.

Cancelling participants in a social media sphere has both pros and cons.  The pros include weeding out irritants who scam the internet with lottery and luck charming links. Another advantage of blocking a person on social media is that they get to know that the world can still function without them.

Let me explain. Some data bundle users think that they have a say and a way in crowding out others everywhere. So when they are politely shut down, they are taught that it matters to listen and adhere to the rules governing certain online forums.

The cons are that cancelling people from your life denies them a chance to tell their side of story about what they have to say. It also denies you an opportunity to ventilate your grievances if there are.

I must say mostly, the people who cancel others while they have a right to do so, have a prejudice that their views and values are better than the ones they are taking on a flight mode. The airplane setting may not guarantee peace if there are sad memories of days gone where the blocker is being haunted by their conscience why they blocked their friends.

Be that as it may, once the one who cut cords decides to reconnect with me, I have a discretion to vet readmission of the applicant and they will have to face tough questions. These include; Why now? What changed and a needle-tipping balancing act for you if you deserve a chance in my life which you have a history of blacklisting.


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