Session 3: experiences of cancel culture

Welcome to the Burnet News Club sessions!

If you have missed a session at school or would like to recap what you have learnt, then work through the activities below.

STEP 1

Answer the following questions. For each one, decide where you opinion lies on this scale.

NOT MUCH AT ALL <--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------> A LOT

  • How much does cancelling someone achieve justice?
  • How much power do cancellers have over the people they cancel?
  • How much does someone lose if they are cancelled?
  • How much power does the media have over cancel culture?

STEP 2

Read through the information on each card.

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Imagine each person/business has been cancelled for sharing an unpopular opinion online. What might happen for each person? What would the consequences be?


STEP 3

Choose two of the cards above and think about the impact that being cancelled would have on them/the business.

  1. How big would the impact be on their work? Give it a number out of 10, where 10 = BIG IMPACT.
  2. Would it be a short-term problem or a long-term problem for their work? Give it a number out of 10, where 10 = LONG-TERM.
  3. What about the impact on the support they get from other people? Would it be a short-term problem or a long-term problem?
  4. How big would the impact be on their reputation? Would it be a short-term problem or a long-term problem for their reputation?
  5. And finally, how big would the impact be on their chance to be heard? Would it be a short-term problem or a long-term problem?

Go back to each card above. Can you put them in order now from "IMPACTED THE MOST BY BEING CANCELLED” to “IMPACTED THE LEAST BY BEING CANCELLED”? What are your reasons for your decisions?

  • Is being cancelled the same for everyone?
  • Challenge: should everyone be held to the same standards? Or should some people or businesses be more responsible than others?

STEP 4

Flip a coin! If you get HEADS, see if you can argue for opinion A below. If you get TAILS, see you can argue for opinion B. No coin? Flip a virtual one here!

People with LESS power will find it harder to recover from being cancelled than powerful people.

OPINION A

Powerful people will find it HARDER to recover from being cancelled than less powerful people.

OPINION B

Over to you

We'd love to hear what you think about the questions in this session. Read what other students think, reply to them and add your own ideas in the comment section below.

Comments (38)

  • New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg independent_song | New Horizons Children's Academy
    21 Jun 2021

    i think you should not called people because it rude and discrepelf.

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    1. Ormiston Sudbury Academy selfreliant_rainforest | Ormiston Sudbury Academy | United Kingdom
      independent_song's comment 22 Jun 2021

      If the thing they said is rude and disrespectful to someone's identity, then I feel they should be held accountable. Not necessarily cancelled but definitely held accountable for, and depending on what they have sad, maybe someone has to be rude and disrespectful to get their point across to the person being 'cancelled'

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  • New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg astounding_black_bear | New Horizons Children's Academy
    21 Jun 2021

    I think you should not cancel someone because of an unpopular opinion because its something they think and even though you think differently that doesn't mean they should be canceled

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    1. Ormiston Sudbury Academy radical_painting | Ormiston Sudbury Academy | United Kingdom
      astounding_black_bear's comment 22 Jun 2021

      I disagree with that because say that a company doesn't serve a person due to there sexuality , gender or race , they company could be canceled and be dealt with the same if they are / a normal person hates on someone just bc of there sexuality/gender or race.

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      1. Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg imaginative_panther | Bruntcliffe Academy | United Kingdom
        radical_painting's comment 24 Jun 2021

        I agree with you, people can't control certain things about them and should therefore not be discriminated or hated against because of something they can't control.

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    2. Ormiston Sudbury Academy blithesome_guava | Ormiston Sudbury Academy | United Kingdom
      astounding_black_bear's comment 22 Jun 2021

      But if that unpopular opinion is offending someone or a group of people because of stuff that can't control (e.g sexuality, race or gender) than they should be canceled as it is unacceptable, just because it's an unpopular opinion doesn't mean it isn't offending people or is right.

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    3. Ormiston Sudbury Academy radical_painting | Ormiston Sudbury Academy | United Kingdom
      astounding_black_bear's comment 22 Jun 2021

      i cant spell lol. but they should be cancelled and its the same with a celebrity
      / normal person who hate crimes people.

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  • Cheam Common logo daring_whale | Cheam Common Junior Academy | United Kingdom
    22 Jun 2021

    Step 4- My opinion is Opinion A since more powerful people will have other powerful people to help them but less powerful people will have to wait a long time to recover from their loss and might even go broke.

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  • Cheam Common logo jubilant_dinosaur | Cheam Common Junior Academy | United Kingdom
    22 Jun 2021

    Opinion A because less powerful people will find it harder to recover because they would have less money and less important people to support them. Also if the person was a mother, the children would be affected heavily as well.

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  • Cheam Common logo content_eagle | Cheam Common Junior Academy | United Kingdom
    22 Jun 2021

    Mostly no, this is becuase yes people are very mean alot of the time but they can change, and they could have already changed if it was from a while ago. Furthermore if they dont deserve it its probably started from someone finding out a small thing they did and decided to post it because of bias. Additionally they can have been a realy nice person before and they just had one trip up or mistake which crashes there whole career. However if they have done something very very bad, it can be deserved for them to be silenced as they might have repeatedly said rude / offensive things.

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  • Cheam Common logo jubilant_dinosaur | Cheam Common Junior Academy | United Kingdom
    22 Jun 2021

    Also, to add to my first comment (sorry) ,if the person was the head of a company, the staff might abandon them and they would not be able to find another place to work (linking to the chef in last weeks lesson).

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  • Cheam Common logo admirable_camel | Cheam Common Junior Academy | United Kingdom
    22 Jun 2021

    I personally think that a celebrity will be affected the most because their cancelling will be publicly known and more people will hate them. However, they have large amounts of money and powerful friends, both of which can be used to win back the public favour. Additionally, the fans will stand out for them and protect them.

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  • Cheam Common logo patient_panther | Cheam Common Junior Academy | United Kingdom
    22 Jun 2021

    For more powerful people they will have a larger chance to be heard than less powerful people, although more people will remember so it will be much harder for celebrities to recover. On the other hand, less powerful people could lose their entire income, whereas more powerful people have riches or plan b's to fall back on.

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  • Cheam Common logo powerful_peach | Cheam Common Junior Academy | United Kingdom
    22 Jun 2021

    In my opinion, cancel culture is over-reacting. I think this because it is a bit much for the people who are getting canceled. If they are canceled, they may feel overwhelmed. Sometimes, even if someone apologises, the canceled person may never be heard. Big businesses are most affected because lots of people may lose their jobs, their reputations and respect. More people shall suffer whereas small businesses don't affect that much people. However, small businesses may take longer to recover since they rely on everyone to make a living. It could be a slight mistake that ruins their whole life; it stalls their career which proves my point of cancel culture being over-reacting.

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  • Cheam Common logo pioneering_badger | Cheam Common Junior Academy | United Kingdom
    22 Jun 2021

    How much does cancelling someone achieve justice?
    Not much at all. I believe this because that person may not be affected by being cancelled however it still might affect them later on.

    How much power do cancellers have over the people they cancel?
    Not alot because once they cancelled , they have used up alot of their remaining power .However, they have more power to use and later on, people will be tortured because of that one thing they said.

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  • Cheam Common logo aware_maths | Cheam Common Junior Academy | United Kingdom
    22 Jun 2021

    I think cancel culture is fair a bit because if something is really bad, there should be consequences for them however they might be cancelled unfairly.
    I think the small business will be affected the most because all of it's staff will lose their job and the manager will have a major plunge in their income. People will stop buying or investing in there products although they can start a new business somewhere else when there boycott will be less noticed.

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  • Cheam Common logo digital_forest | Cheam Common Junior Academy | United Kingdom
    22 Jun 2021

    I think those with less money would be effected the most because they may run out of money end up on the street and maybe die but famous people would not as much because they could ask Friends or themselves could pay money to get their business running again.

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  • Cheam Common logo nice_lychee | Cheam Common Junior Academy | United Kingdom
    22 Jun 2021

    I feel that the ordinary person will find it harder to recover because they most likely will not have as many people on their side to support them. Another reason is that they probably will not know anybody, as a trusted friend, that would have enough power to change the cancellers, and the people's minds. However, the famous people will be noticed more if they try to get out of being cancelled.

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  • Cheam Common logo quirky_glacier | Cheam Common Junior Academy | United Kingdom
    22 Jun 2021

    Cancel culture is sometimes fair depending on what the person has done - sometimes its accidental sometimes its intentional. If it offends someone in any way they should have a concequince but, it does not nessecarily mean that they should be canceled.

    The people that are being cancelled they are being the 'victim'. Big buisnesses will be effected because of their staff and their clients. It will effect the companies reputation because people will stop buying their products

    W/ Awsome_Atmosphere

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  • Cheam Common logo lovable_lobster | Cheam Common Junior Academy | United Kingdom
    22 Jun 2021

    I have chosen the small business and the big business I think the small business would be affected really badly as they don't get that much salary and costumers so it would be harder to recover as they might go broke and not that many costumers. There would also be a big impact on the big business as their shops are all over the world and so many people buy their products so they would lose a lot of money and staff.

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  • Cheam Common logo daring_whale | Cheam Common Junior Academy | United Kingdom
    22 Jun 2021

    Sorry about the previous one.
    Here is what I actually wanted to write.
    How much power does the media have over us?
    I think it is right in the middle since the media mostly posts bad things but some newspapers try to be honest and use logic. When this is done, most people completely ignore them, even if big newspapers say good, true things most people will completely ignore them. But they do also influence people's decisions. That is why I think it is right in the middle.

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    1. Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg imaginative_panther | Bruntcliffe Academy | United Kingdom
      daring_whale's comment 24 Jun 2021

      I do agree with you. People may not trust big newspapers because they often have a habit of lying and spreading false information so its difficult to tell fact from lies. Most newspapers (at least in my country) especially with politics slip in their opinions and try to convince the reader their opinion is right.

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  • Cheam Common logo wondrous_orca | Cheam Common Junior Academy | United Kingdom
    22 Jun 2021

    I think less powerful people will be effected the most by being cancelled because celebrities have other celebrity friends that can help them with money. Furthermore, their celebrity friends can change people's mind more than anybody else. Imagine a normal person saying something and then a well-known celebrity saying something else. More people will believe the celebrity because more people know the celebrity and have them as their role model. Less people will know and care about a normal person being cancelled so they won't meddle with the situation and leave them be. However, if the celebrity did something wrong that everyone disagrees with, they will be left in the dark and be disrespected more than the normal person by the whole world because not a lot of people know about the normal person being cancelled.

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  • Cheam Common logo incredible_butterfly | Cheam Common Junior Academy | United Kingdom
    22 Jun 2021

    I think that a big business would be more affected when they have their business because if they are banned or cancelled then they might loose all their followers however of a person with normal person is cancelled or banned they won't have to worry about loosing followers.I think that it would be a long term problem and their impact on their reputation will be very big.The impact might be small on their chance to be heard because if they are cancelled they won't be able to be heard by others.

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  • Cheam Common logo secure_leaves | Cheam Common Junior Academy | United Kingdom
    22 Jun 2021

    1. I think a big business or important person would be affected by having their business maybe restricted or products banned in some places or being violated and criticised.
    I think it the would be to a long term scale of 10. This is because they may be really famous or well known and it depends on that but if they were really famous more people would know and word would spread and the news of what they have done will stay around for awhile. Their reputation may be affected with criticism and many people could lose their jobs.

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  • Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg imaginative_panther | Bruntcliffe Academy | United Kingdom
    24 Jun 2021

    I agree with the phrase 'powerful people will find it harder to recover from being cancelled than less powerful people.' My reasoning behind this is because certain celebrities and livelihoods are based around social media. Their actions are being more focused on than less poorer people. Social media has a big reflection on a person's actions and more powerful people like politicians could lose their jobs. Less powerful people are less affected because they do not have as much power over people and won't be recognised as much.

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  • Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg rational_conclusion | Bruntcliffe Academy | United Kingdom
    24 Jun 2021

    I think that people should be able to say what they want because they have the right to speech but when they start to shame races , genders, religions and sexuality they have gone too far and we should hold them accountable. We have to keep in mind that if they under age they may have not learnt or been manipulated into having racial opinions but if they are of age then we can hold them accountable for their actions.

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  • Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg imaginative_panther | Bruntcliffe Academy | United Kingdom
    24 Jun 2021

    Cancelling people can achieve justice because it calls out peoples toxic behaviour however, it really doesn't give justice because their toxic opinions still exist. Media has a very large influence on cancel culture because the media can manipulate people to what they want to believe. This can lead to a lot of misinformation.

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    1. Lyons Hall Primary School triumphant_tambourine | Lyons Hall Primary School C
      imaginative_panther's comment 09 Jul 2021

      i do agree that cancellling can achieve justice and that is a good thing but if you get cancelled for something you did years ago , is that fair? one more question for you, how can something achieve justice and does it always achieve it ?

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      1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
        triumphant_tambourine's comment 09 Jul 2021

        How would you answer your own questions, triumphant_tambourine?

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  • The Sherwood School happy_land | The Sherwood School | United Kingdom
    24 Jun 2021

    cancel culture is a good thing because if they do bad things , people will get angry or sad and the person will get a big loss on money and the workers will go also the meadia will some times will make rumours . surtain people do it for money and will be like a fool and except the money others will need money for a problem.

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  • The Sherwood School best_planet | The Sherwood School | United Kingdom
    24 Jun 2021

    i think if you have more followers and more money than you could solve the problems quicker as you could tell your friend to his viewers that you shouldnt be cancelled

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  • Manor Park logo spirited_science | Manor Park Primary Academy | United Kingdom
    24 Jun 2021

    Hello! spirited science here! I am going to answer the questions on Cancel Culture.
    STEP 1 QUESTIONS
    1) It does not achieve justice at all in my opinion, most of the time, cancel culture is not effective.
    2) To be honest, they have some power over them because the people who are cancelled are helpless and can't do anything about it (but they should not give up) so they have no choice but to listen.
    3) They lose a lot because most people would not listen to them. They would follow the canceller and agree with them.
    4) The media has a lot of power because a few people cannot spread some argument everywhere but the media can so they play a big role in it.
    STEP 2 and 3! Well, I have already done step 2 and step 3 in Burnet News Club.
    STEP 4
    I flipped my coin and I got TEAM B! My reasons for Team B:
    Powerful people find it harder because their reputation is bigger, they are known better and they are just more important.
    Normal people watch famous people's every move. So it matters more about what an important person does than a normal person, as a normal person's reputation is quite small and they are known less. Powerful people have more people who listen to them, so it matters more what they say as the entire world could hear it. A normal person's... not so much.
    These are my thoughts on Cancel Culture!
    Spirited Science will join you next week so we can discuss this deeper!
    Bye and take care!

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  • Manor Park logo selfassured_journalist | Manor Park Primary Academy | United Kingdom
    24 Jun 2021

    I personally think that celebrities will be less affected than others i.e. normal people. If you are a keen follower on the news or keep an eye out on news websites you will know that celebs often are cancelled. People disagree with their style, their decisions, their ways of completing day to day life. People are always speaking out if they feel that the celebrity is inappropriate in their moves. That's the way it is and you'd not like it to change. It would make people in the wrong domineering and maybe conceited. We see the odd complaint every now and then about so and so. It happens so much that celebrities are prepared for it. They know what to do and they know it is likely to happen. 99%. They are ready for the public challenges.

    A normal person like you or me might have never felt cancelled before. They will feel alone, helpless. They could lose their job/s, their social media followers and a reputation for it. Not everyone is a millionare. Not everyone is used to solitude. This feeling's only got one word to describe it- despair. Less connections means they'll be left out on things. They would be seriously affected.
    Thanks for reading
    selfassured_journalist

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      selfassured_journalist's comment 25 Jun 2021

      Very well explained, selfassured_journalist!

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  • The Sherwood School best_planet | The Sherwood School | United Kingdom
    27 Jun 2021

    How much does cancelling someone achieve justice?
    A little bit as on the other hand if someone was cancelled for saying something rude then they deserve to be cancelled if they said something to change the world then there is no reason for them to be cancelled.
    How much power do cancellers have over the people they cancel?
    A LOT as cancellers could make someone look bad for what they have said but really they said something useful. This means the person who is cancelled will lose money as the manager or owner of that store that the cancelled person was working at could possibly get fired.
    How much does someone lose if they are cancelled?
    A LOT as they could lose their job as the manager might not want a cancelled person working at his store.if the person who was cancelled was working for the internet then they could lose their money,followers,subscribers and fame.
    How much power does the media have over cancel culture?
    A little bit as the media can't decide how they are going to change their life and is not them.

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  • Hammond School logo outgoing_bat | Hammond Junior School C
    29 Jun 2021

    Well i think that people with fame and say something that's really offensive of something that's wrong they should at least get one more chance to let them be heard

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg discreet_drum | Upton Cross Primary School | United Kingdom
    04 Jul 2021

    Step1

    How much does cancelling someone achieve justice?

    In my opinion, it’s in the middle of the scale because it depends on how much that person can hurt other people. It would be a lot if they were going to hurt people a lot, for example, Donald Trump.

    How much power do cancellers have over the people they cancel?

    Not much at all because they can only give advice to people because they can’t force people to do stuff.

    How much does someone lose if they are cancelled?

    A lot for some people because they could lose their job which means that they won’t get any money to pay bills such as electricity.

    How much power does the media have over cancel culture?

    A lot because if they support someone being cancelled, for example, Donald Trump, then people might not listen to what he says.


    Step3

    How big would the impact be on their work? Give it a number out of 10, where 10 = BIG IMPACT.

    Celebrity - 10/10, Small business - 8/10

    Would it be a short-term problem or a long-term problem for their work? Give it a number out of 10, where 10 = LONG-TERM.

    Celebrity - 4/10 short-term problem, 7/10 long-term problem.

    What about the impact on the support they get from other people? Would it be a short-term problem or a long-term problem?

    Celebrity - Short term problem, Small Business - Short term problem

    How big would the impact be on their reputation? Would it be a short-term problem or a long-term problem for their reputation?

    Celebrity -Short term problem, Small business - Short term problem, (depends if they hurt a lot of people by what they say)

    And finally, how big would the impact be on their chance to be heard? Would it be a short-term problem or a long-term problem?

    Celebrity - short term problem, Small Business - long term problem

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