No Grand Pronouncements Here...: Reflections on Cancel Culture and Digital Media Participation

  title={No Grand Pronouncements Here...: Reflections on Cancel Culture and Digital Media Participation},
  author={Eve Ng},
  journal={Television \& New Media},
  pages={621 - 627}
  • Eve Ng
  • Published 26 July 2020
  • Art
  • Television & New Media
Although there are numerous prominent examples of social media misuse, these cases should not disproportionately characterize the scope or potential of digital media participation as a whole. Using cancel culture as an entry point, this essay discusses how digital practices often follow a trajectory of being initially embraced as empowering to being denounced as emblematic of digital ills. However, while platforms such as Twitter do have characteristics that militate against nuanced debate… 
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