Call-Out Culture Is a Toxic Garbage Dumpster Fire of Trash

Herzog, Katie
Date Written:  2018-01-23
Publisher:  The Stranger
Year Published:  2018
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX22001

A look at the "Call-out" culture where individuals who express opinions are quickly reprimanded online with derogatory labels; a mass media social comdemnation often without any sort of due process, which ultimately spreads a fear to engage in controversy or voice opinions that are even slightly outside the tide of contemporary thinking.



There's a name for this behavior: witch hunts. Someone is accused, judged, and condemned for an alleged or apparent transgression, and the townspeople on Facebook and Twitter grab their pitchforks and rush to the burn pile. There may be little evidence to support the prevailing narrative, but that hardly matters. The trial is conducted via social media, and the judges are anyone with access.
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