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How do we think about cancel culture?
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Cancel culture represents a shift in public accountability

Cancel culture has given rise to forms of positive social progress.
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Cancel culture has given rise to forms of positive social progress. In turn, this establishes new, powerful behavioural norms. Advocates point to the #MeToo movement, which toppled the movie mogul and serial sexual abuser Harvey Weinstein after twenty years at the top. Without social media, it is likely Weinstein would still be in power today. The impact of this single incident however is where progress has really been seen. As Weinstein's demise went viral, it also created a platform for women to stand together and open up about sexual violence they had suffered. On the back of this, several US states including California and New York outlawed workplace NDAs in cases of sexual violence. And greater provision was made to create a wider cultural shift, such as the "Time's Up" fund helping women seek justice against harassment, which raised over $24m. Proponents include left-wing talking heads New York Times Culture Editor Maya Salam and author and New Republic reporter Melissa Gira Grant.

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