Sunday, December 29, 2019

Figuring Out the 21st Century

There is so much work to be done here. The internet has blown up our brains. We're not able to just have our little subcultures anymore—there is an endless flow of critique brought to us by the web. "Here's 16 things you're doing completely wrong--#14 you need to stop immediately before you get CANCELLED."

Ah yes, this last decade brought us the threat of being Cancelled. Because of the internet everything you've ever done happened last week. No one would fire you for something you did 15 years ago, but if it's on the internet it's never going to feel like something you did 15 years ago. You're a bad person NOW.

I'm not actually wanting to cancel Cancel Culture—there's a lot I like about it. I like that men don't have as much free reign as they used to to say whatever they want without consequences (please know I'm exaggerating to make a point. No one has ever been fully free of consequence--but hopefully you'll allow that what men could say in the 1960s is radically different than what they could say in the 90s, and what they can say now).

But I don't like eternal judgement. We're weak creatures, and we're constantly evolving (sometimes devolving) and hopefully growing. Not all mistakes should be handled equally. If you don't recognize the world of difference between "I'm sorry IF I offended you," and "upon some self-reflection I can see how what I did was offensive, and I am sorry" then you and I are not on the same page. But YES, there is all the room in the world to talk about how there are different expectations and consequences depending on your racial/socio-economic status and I think you are RIGHT and I think that's NOT FAIR. 

I think we have a lot of work to do—and I firmly believe the work will never be done. But in no way does the latter cancel out the former. Let's keep at it.

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