Is cancel culture productive?

Cancel culture has been around for a while now, but it might be something you’ve just recently started hearing more about - this might even be the first time! In this episode we’ll share our own personal perspective on cancel culture, including whether it’s productive, plus how we’ve experienced or seen it play out in our own lives.

Cancel culture has been around for a while now, but it might be something you’ve just recently started hearing more about - this might even be the first time!

In this episode we’ll share our own personal perspective on cancel culture, including whether it’s productive, plus how we’ve experienced or seen it play out in our own lives.


Points Discussed in this Episode
  • What is cancel culture? 
  • Some of the research and examples we’ve both come across in our research
  • How we’ve experienced cancel culture or seen it play out in our own lives
  • Whether cancel culture is productive

Mentioned in this episode: 
  • Pew Research: A 2020 study on how Americans view / experience “cancel culture”: Americans and ‘Cancel Culture’: Where Some See Calls for Accountability, Others See Censorship, Punishment

  • Vox article: Why we can’t stop fighting about cancel culture

Excerpt from this article: “Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, for example, has faced intense criticism from her own fans since she began to voice transphobic beliefs, making her one of the most prominently “canceled” individuals at the center of the cancel culture debate. But following Rowling’s publication, in June 2020, of a transphobic manifesto, sales of the author’s books actually increased tremendously in her home country of Great Britain.”

  • Vox article: The second wave of “cancel culture”
    Excerpt from this article: In 2019, former President Barack Obama decried cancel culture and “woke” politics, framing the phenomenon as people “be[ing] as judgmental as possible about other people” and adding, “That’s not activism.”

  • NYT article: The Long and Tortured History of Cancel Culture


Thank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: Is cancel culture productive?

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