Comm Ethics Week 2 Discussion Post
In the digital age information spreads at a rapid pace, this is in large part due to the rise of social media platforms. Since information is spread at a rapid pace, people also consume and process at a rapid pace. When there is information moving like it does in the digital age, social media allows for people to share their reactions to the information being shared to them. Often when people react to things that are upsetting or shocking, they let emotions flow through their words, sometimes it can be warranted and sometimes it is not. This very much showcases the idea of cancel culture. People will share and then digest information rapidly, then pass on their judgement and opinions on an individual or group. Hence why most people and those with reputations to uphold have to be careful, think twice before they do something problematic or hurtful. In other words being on their best behaviour. This is the case with Carson King who had done good philanthropic work by donating the money that he had raised to a charity, but it does not make up for the harm his previous actions have done. His past is a part of who he is and therefore must answer for what he has done. While ‘cancelling’ someone is seems rough, it is the way every day people feel they are making world a better place by letting well known figures they cannot get away with anything they’d like. I believe people can do as they like, as the internet is largely unregulated place. But also from ethical sense while people are quick to cancel people on the Internet, they are also quick to shower praise for good. I believe if Carson apologized for his past before the tweets were made known, he would instead be commended for redeeming himself though donations.
Leake G., Armijo A., & Stroud S.R. (2019). Beer Cans and Cancel Culture. The UT Ethics Project/Media Ethics Initiative, Retrieved from https://mediaethicsinitiative.org/2019/12/04/beer-cans-and-cancel-culture/