People have it so easy these days. Armed with a phone (or two), as well as easy access to the internet, the world is, quite literally, within their fingertips. I gladly indulge in these luxuries too; I am simply not fit to be born before the era of rapid digitalisation. The best thing out of all these, though? Anonymity.
Or is it really?
There existed a time when one had to fill in paper surveys just to express their dissatisfaction. There was a time when people had to talk — face to face — and tell someone, “Hey, you suck.” Now? Post a 15-second TikTok video, and in a mere 5 hours, people across the Atlantic Ocean suddenly know how you breathed wrongly when you were still with that teenage ex. All of a sudden, you are cancelled. For what? Who knows. Maybe, for not being vegan, or for being pro choice. For what you ask again? For literally anything.
At some point, it occurred to me: When exactly did we cross the line between criticising with the intention to improve, and just plain cancelling each other out in a matter of seconds?
Before you cancel me though, hear me out.
I think ‘cancel culture’ first existed with the intention to call out prominent key figures for their actions (some of them just got a little bit too comfortable staring down at us). Yet, with how fast everything is going on now, it is high time to check yourself before you merrily march along to cancel the next Oli London.
Are we all now just cancelling people because everyone is doing so? Are we holding them accountable for their actions, or are we judging them too fast for our own good, shielded behind the wonderful barrier of anonymity?
Are we, then, cancel worthy too?
Hold your keyboard Nathan;
I do NOT want to be cancelled.