Nowadays, we have all been exposed to the idea of cancel culture whether on our social media and news feeds or in everyday conversations. Some believe it is a force for good where others go as far as to believe it is a threat to our democracy. For example, according to writer, Alexandra D’Amour: Cancel culture has been incredibly effective at combating sexism, racism, or any other type of abuse or harmful wrongdoing to others. It’s held people accountable for their actions in ways that wasn’t possible in the past. It’s prevented shitty people from getting away with doing or saying shitty things. Some say that cancel culture has “…turned into a catch-all for when people in power face consequences for their actions or receive any type of criticism, something that they’re not used to” (Hagi). Whereas, many think cancel culture has gone too far and has become unproductive. It is said that cancel culture neither shares a common ideology nor a movement. There isn’t a leader and it doesn’t require any sort of membership. It is inherently negative. Often cancelling results in people losing their livelihoods: fired or suspended from their jobs, taken off the air, losing subscribers. Benjamin Wallace-Wells, a staff writer for The New Yorker defines cancel culture one way, saying: When politicians or commentators talk about “cancel culture,” they are typically speaking of a fear that even ordinary people who express ideas that are politically incorrect will be publicly shamed—that social media has enabled a universal speech surveillance, and that people and institutions are now self-policing, out of fear of it. What do you think about cancel culture? Is it something that does or doesn’t exist? If it does exist, do you think it is a necessary and effective response to perceived wrongdoing? If it doesn’t exist, why do you think some members of society believe it does? If you’d like, you can illustrate your point by choosing someone (ex. artist/politician/celebrity) or an organization (ex. Washington Redskins, Lance Armstrong Foundation, Aunt Jemima) who was cancelled or had to rebrand out of fear of being cancelled and discuss whether or not it was effective.