There is a lot of talk about “cancel culture” these days. For instance, we are told that Dr Seuss recently got cancelled because his name was not mentioned during some minor speech by the US president. However, what the omission – and the brouhaha that followed – have achieved is to bring Dr Seuss to the attention of a wider audience than he might have had before the so-called cancellation.
In fact, it is a key feature of cancel culture that “to cancel” someone increases their notoriety. As a rule, their name and (mis)deeds gain more publicity; and whether there is such a thing as bad publicity continues to be an open question.
Contrast contemporary “cancel culture” with deeply entrenched long-standing cultural practices that systematically erase some people from the... Leer más