Cancel culture.

You’re probably familiar with the term.

It’s a trending topic these days. By trending, I mean it’s the subject of much analysis, chatter and gnashing of teeth on social media sites like Twitter as well as, to varying degrees, on traditional media sites.

A Bloomberg Opinion piece by Pankaj Mishra summed up “cancel culture” quite neatly with this: “A cacophony of new voices are just making it harder for famous and powerful people to blather on about all sorts of things without interruption.” The headline reads: No, Cancel Culture Isn’t a Threat to Civilization

The subject has been trending since a bunch of rich and quite possibly pandemically bored people, including writers Margaret Atwood and J.K. Rowling, whined recently in a statement about the blowback they get when they trot out opinions on Twitter and other social media platforms.

It’s laughable, isn’t it, in a dark sort of way?

While the pandemic rages on and the earth burns in real time, some “famous and powerful people” are consumed by and distracted by the pettiness of virtual reality.

Regular readers here know how I feel about the barnyard that is Twitter. It’s a mad, mad, mad world. It can make you crazy.

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— Jillian