- Nov 2021
In America, of course, we don’t have that kind of state coercion. There are currently no laws that shape what academics or journalists can say; there is no government censor, no ruling-party censor. But fear of the internet mob, the office mob, or the peer-group mob is producing some similar outcomes. How many American manuscripts now remain in desk drawers—or unwritten altogether—because their authors fear a similarly arbitrary judgment? How much intellectual life is now stifled because of fear of what a poorly worded comment would look like if taken out of context and spread on Twitter?
Fear of cancel culture and social repercussions prevents people from speaking and communicating as they might otherwise.
Compare this with the right to reach, particularly for those without editors, filtering, or having built a platform and understanding how to use it responsibly.