As we discuss these characters and their feelings of deep regret, we talk about the importance of looking back at mistakes. Many of us may be avoidant or unwilling to explore some of our personal failures, but research shows that we gain personal growth and even become smarter if we occasionally turn our attention to our past errors. We also discuss "cancel culture," which is a digital contract to drop support of someone (socially and economically) in order to remove them from the community and deprive them of their livelihood. Often, the result is satisfyingly powerful, and it's served as a way for marginalized and aggrieved communities to publicly assert their value systems through pop culture.
Social cancellations may have benefits--it's a swift way to lower someone's social value and can have immediate results. But do the benefits of cancel culture actually outweigh the costs? By removing a toxic person from our spaces, are we avoiding the difficult work involved in the discovery of the source of the rot? What about the work they need to do in the unlearning of discriminatory or hateful beliefs behind the misconduct? As we hold on to the highest standards, are we perpetuating the performance of perfect behavior, not leaving enough room for self-introspection and growth that might follow a publicly named misstep? And where do we draw the line with a no-tolerance rule? With Doom Patrol giving us good--yet still chaotic--role models, we address these challenges and give some tips that might help listeners manage their own spaces toward safety and self-betterment.
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