Is Cancel Culture Actually Getting Worse? - Rikki Schlott

Last updated: Jan 19, 2024

The video is about the rise of cancel culture and its negative impact on free speech. The speaker argues that cancel culture has become more prevalent and extreme in recent years, with a significant increase in calls for cancellation over the past few years. The speaker attributes this increase to the rise of social media, which allows for the spread of ideas and information to take off quickly and widely. The speaker also suggests that there may be deeper cultural changes driving the increase in cancel culture, such as a generational shift away from free speech values. The speaker calls for more attention to the issue and a collective effort to find solutions to the problem.

This video by Chris Williamson was published on Jan 18, 2024.
Video length: 01:00:32.

The video is about the rise of cancel culture and its impact on free speech in America's higher education institutions.

The host, Rikki Schlott, discusses the coincidence of the release of a book about the state of free speech on campus with the increasing calls for cancellation over the past few years. He argues that the major elite institutions in America have completely abandoned the value of free speech, allowing radicalism and liberal tendencies to fester in its place. The host also discusses the rise of social media as a catalyst for cancel culture and the idea of a meme, where people attack others ad hominem and make an example of them to discourage others from holding the same ideological views.

The host calls for more people to become aware of the issue and work towards finding a solution to the problem.

  • The speaker is discussing the rise of cancel culture and its negative impact on free speech.
  • The speaker argues that cancel culture has become more prevalent and extreme in recent years.
  • The speaker attributes this increase to the rise of social media, which allows for the spread of ideas and information to take off quickly and widely.
  • The speaker also suggests that there may be deeper cultural changes driving the increase in cancel culture, such as a generational shift away from free speech values.
  • The speaker calls for more attention to the issue of cancel culture.
  • The speaker suggests that there is a need for a collective effort to find solutions to the problem.
  • The speaker argues that cancel culture has a negative impact on free speech.
  • The speaker notes that even if not every Professor agrees with cancel culture, the administrators are extremely disproportionately leftwing or left leaning.
  • The speaker notes that there is an institutionalized snitch culture on these campuses, with posters of bias response hotlines in bathrooms and immediate contact with administrators for those who feel grieved or offended.

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Introduction

  • The speaker is discussing the rise of cancel culture and its negative impact on free speech.
  • The speaker argues that cancel culture has become more prevalent and extreme in recent years.
  • The speaker attributes this increase to the rise of social media, which allows for the spread of ideas and information to take off quickly and widely.
  • The speaker also suggests that there may be deeper cultural changes driving the increase in cancel culture, such as a generational shift away from free speech values.
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The Increase in Cancel Culture

  • The speaker notes that there has been a significant increase in calls for cancellation over the past few years.
  • The speaker attributes this increase to the rise of social media, which allows for the spread of ideas and information to take off quickly and widely.
  • The speaker also suggests that there may be deeper cultural changes driving the increase in cancel culture, such as a generational shift away from free speech values.
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The Impact of Social Media

  • The speaker argues that social media has allowed for an unprecedented amount of scrutiny on institutions, ideas, and people.
  • The speaker notes that social media has made it easier for people to attack others ad hominem and make an example of them.
  • The speaker suggests that social media has allowed for an increase in calls for cancellation due to its ability to spread information quickly and widely.
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The Need for Attention and Solutions

  • The speaker calls for more attention to the issue of cancel culture.
  • The speaker suggests that there is a need for a collective effort to find solutions to the problem.
  • The speaker notes that the consequences of decades of institutions abdicating the value of free speech completely have been severe.
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The Rise of Cancel Culture

  • The speaker argues that cancel culture has become more prevalent and extreme in recent years.
  • The speaker attributes this increase to the rise of social media, which allows for the spread of ideas and information to take off quickly and widely.
  • The speaker suggests that there may be deeper cultural changes driving the increase in cancel culture, such as a generational shift away from free speech values.
  • The speaker calls for more attention to the issue and a collective effort to find solutions to the problem.
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Generational Differences

  • The speaker and co-author have different generational backgrounds.
  • The old idioms and foundational principles of American society that the co-author grew up with are different from the speaker's upbringing.
  • The speaker was raised with the idea that words can wound and oppressed people need protection.
  • The speaker believes that the American culture has moved more towards protectionism and a feeling of fragility.
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Fragility and Perception

  • There is an increase in fragility, but it is not hollow.
  • People are living longer and have better health care than ever before.
  • Real world situations are going in one direction while perceptions of how bad it is going in another.
  • The cultural thermometer is not always accurate.
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Surveys and Statistics

  • Surveys of student sentiment around the country show that roughly two-thirds of students on college campuses say that they're self-censoring.
  • Professors also say that roughly 90% of them say the same.
  • One and 10 have been investigated for what their protected speech should be.
  • The case loads of fire from students and faculty across the country were unprecedented in 2020.
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Political Correctness and Cancel Culture

  • Four and five Americans agree that political correctness has gone too far and that cancel culture is a problem.
  • The remaining 20% of people who actually tear people down have an outsized impact on society.
  • The speaker felt self-censored and concerned for their social standing at NYU.
  • The speaker took a two-year Humanities degree before dropping out despite having a 4.0 GPA.
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The Rise of Cancel Culture

  • The speaker argues that cancel culture has become more prevalent and extreme in recent years.
  • The speaker attributes this increase to the rise of social media, which allows for the spread of ideas and information to take off quickly and widely.
  • The speaker suggests that there may be deeper cultural changes driving the increase in cancel culture, such as a generational shift away from free speech values.
  • The speaker calls for more attention to the issue and a collective effort to find solutions to the problem.
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The Impact of Cancel Culture on Free Speech

  • The speaker argues that cancel culture has a negative impact on free speech.
  • The speaker suggests that cancel culture has become more prevalent and extreme in recent years, with a significant increase in calls for cancellation over the past few years.
  • The speaker attributes this increase to the rise of social media, which allows for the spread of ideas and information to take off quickly and widely.
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The Incentive for Cancel Culture

  • The speaker wonders what is motivating those people to be so vehement in their enforcement of a particular ideology.
  • The speaker suggests that there is a kind of cluster B personality type that has been empowered on campuses.
  • The speaker thinks that there are genuine Believers at a place like NYU who generally believe that if they step in on behalf of some oppressed theoretical group that might be offended by something that you say.
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The Institutionalization of Cancel Culture

  • The speaker notes that even if not every Professor agrees with cancel culture, the administrators are extremely disproportionately leftwing or left leaning.
  • The speaker notes that there is an institutionalized snitch culture on these campuses, with posters of bias response hotlines in bathrooms and immediate contact with administrators for those who feel grieved or offended.
  • The speaker notes that one person who has the power to manipulate an awful lot of people around opinions and the fear of being called out is enough to shut an entire class down.
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The Rise of Cancel Culture

  • Cancel culture has become more prevalent and extreme in recent years.
  • The speaker attributes this increase to the rise of social media, which allows for the spread of ideas and information to take off quickly and widely.
  • There may be deeper cultural changes driving the increase in cancel culture, such as a generational shift away from free speech values.
  • The speaker calls for more attention to the issue and a collective effort to find solutions to the problem.
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What is Cancel Culture Trying to Achieve?

  • Cancel culture is trying to achieve by pushing these ideas underground in some regard.
  • It can throw them into Echo Chambers where there are presumably no dissenting voices.
  • The speaker believes that cancel culture is predicated on a fundamental misunderstanding of how dialogue works and how minds are changed.
  • The speaker thinks that cancel culture is polarizing society even further.
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Enforcement Mechanisms of Cancel Culture

  • One enforcement mechanism going forward in the age of everybody having an insanely excessive digital footprint is that there's an entire generation of young people who were coming up just surrounded by trip wires even in their teenage years.
  • These young people are arriving on campus in college already primed for the fact that they have to self-censor or that they could be called out at any point in time.
  • This self-perpetuating cycle is making less and less people even want to stick their neck out in the first place.
  • The speaker believes that cancel culture is so dangerous and so powerful not just for the people whose lives are torn down and completely ruined but also for all the people around them that see that and see them having been made an example of.
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The Impact of Cancel Culture

  • Cancel culture has become more prevalent and extreme in recent years.
  • It has led to a significant increase in calls for cancellation over the past few years.
  • The speaker believes that cancel culture is polarizing society even further.
  • It is creating even deeper, more entrenched Echo Chambers.
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The Rise of Cancel Culture

  • Cancel culture has become more prevalent and extreme in recent years.
  • The increase in calls for cancellation over the past few years is due to the rise of social media.
  • There may be deeper cultural changes driving the increase in cancel culture, such as a generational shift away from free speech values.
  • There is a soft kind of alienation of people that have different views, which is culpably deniable.
  • People who are seduced by the prospect of being a white knight or who like the idea of performative empathy because it makes them look more moral, without having to do anything moral, are contributing to the problem.
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Methods of Cancellation

  • The methods of cancellation need to become increasingly subtle as defense mechanisms develop.
  • Memes have evolved the way that people are canceled, with cancellation itself becoming a meme.
  • Coordinated Twitter mobs and other forms of online harassment are examples of the game evolving.
  • An example of a soft kind of alienation is when someone is castigated and unfollowed/blocked for not posting a black square after the death of George Floyd.
  • There is a slow and subtle quarantining of people who have different views, which becomes a bubble as though they are ill or there is something wrong with them.
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Polarization of Young People

  • Young people become reactionary and go down rabbit holes on the internet due to the reactionary thing for boys and the feminization of the left.
  • Girls and boys are forking politically right now, with a reactionary thing for boys and a feminization of the left.
  • Students' attitudes on free speech and the percentages of students at various schools who will say that it's sometimes acceptable to respond to speech with violence consistently are examples of the political binary taking on a gendered tone.
  • Growing up on the internet and ending up down rabbit holes is a reality that happened to the speaker.
  • Corey Clark's work, an evolutionary psychologist and phenomenologist, is an example of someone who has looked at the issue of cancel culture.
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Section 1: Overview of the Video

  • The video is about the rise of cancel culture and its negative impact on free speech.
  • The speaker argues that cancel culture has become more prevalent and extreme in recent years, with a significant increase in calls for cancellation over the past few years.
  • The speaker attributes this increase to the rise of social media, which allows for the spread of ideas and information to take off quickly and widely.
  • The speaker also suggests that there may be deeper cultural changes driving the increase in cancel culture, such as a generational shift away from free speech values.
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Section 2: The Impact of Cancel Culture on Free Speech

  • The speaker argues that cancel culture has a negative impact on free speech, as it creates an environment where certain topics are off-limits and where there are harsher judgments for those who speak about them.
  • The two areas that are most derogated and where sex denialism or sex difference denialism has no place are behavioral genetics and evolutionary psychology.
  • The speaker calls for more attention to the issue and a collective effort to find solutions to the problem.
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Section 3: The Most Touchy Political Issues on Campus

  • The speaker discusses the most important political issues of the day and how they are consistently the ones at the bottom of the barrel in terms of what students are willing to touch or talk about.
  • The issues that are consistently at the bottom of the barrel are transgender issues, abortion, and affirmative action.
  • The speaker argues that these issues are important to the development of a brain that is trying to work out what is true in the world, and that they are the most interesting things to talk about.
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