Cancel Culture

Jeanne Proust at Online

Sun, Aug 9 at 2 p.m.   |   75 minutes
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Just like #MeToo, many movements have demanded greater accountability from public figures; leading to public humiliations, and have led to a source of great debate over the intricacies of internet ethics. Can free speech go too far and be weaponized? Or is free speech precisely the thing targeted by cancel culture?


Cancel culture is not a new phenomenon. Over the last decade, we've observed the removal of support for public figures as a response to what was considered their objectionable opinions. This "canceling activism" mainly takes the form of online shaming, i.e call outs via social media platforms, such as twitter.

As in the example of #MeToo, many movements have demanded greater accountability from public figures; leading to public humiliations, and have led to a source of great debate over the intricacies of internet ethics.

Has holding celebrities accountable for their opinions gone too far? What, in this space, can be considered breaching ethics?

Can free speech go too far and be weaponized? Or is free speech precisely the thing targeted by cancel culture?

This Olio will take the form of a discussion; I'd like you, the participants, to bring arguments and examples with you to illustrate what could be done in order to preserve accountability, without falling into mere bullying.

Teacher: Jeanne Proust

After studying in Bordeaux, Berlin, and Paris, Jeanne Proust has been teaching Philosophy, Art History and French Literature for the last 10 years in the US. her research has focused on the pathologies of the willpower, both in philosophical and psychological perspectives, but her interests are wide: among many fields, she does research in Ethics, Philosophy of Technologies and Aesthetics.


Venue: Online

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Add to Calendar Aug. 9, 20202 p.m. Aug. 9, 2020 America/New_York Think Olio | Cancel Culture Just like #MeToo, many movements have demanded greater accountability from public figures; leading to public humiliations, and have led to a source of great debate over the intricacies of internet ethics. Can free speech go too far and be weaponized? Or is free speech precisely the thing targeted by cancel culture? Online

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