“The chilling effect of self-censorship is real — and can have an alarming effect on how Americans communicate.”
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has released a new survey that finds that most people see Cancel Culture as a real threat to democracy and freedom.
The only people likely to be surprised by this are progressives who insist that Cancel Culture doesn’t exist.
From the FIRE Newsdesk:
National FIRE survey: Cancel culture widely viewed as threat to democracy, freedom
Nearly 6 in 10 Americans feel that our nation’s democracy is threatened because people are afraid to voice their opinions, according to a new survey from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
The nationally representative survey of 2,500 adults examines Americans’ attitudes toward various issues related to free expression, including cancel culture, self-censorship, and the constitutional limits to speech.
“A lot of ink has been spilled debating cancel culture,” said FIRE Vice President of Communications Nico Perrino. “Do Americans see it as a serious cultural phenomenon? What’s its effect on free speech? We aimed to answer some of those questions with actual data. The verdict is in: Americans do see cancel culture as a significant cultural trend that has a real effect on the country’s free speech climate.”
The concept of “cancel culture” has become increasingly prevalent — 73% of respondents have heard the phrase — as people, brands, and cultural works face public repudiation by those who consider them offensive or otherwise problematic. Of those familiar with the concept, almost 60% of respondents said that there is “a growing cancel culture that is a threat to our freedom.” 25% said there is not.
One point that gets emphasized is that Cancel Culture inspires fear, causing people to self-censor:
One especially significant finding from the survey reveals that nearly three-quarters of respondents agreed that people can experience significant stress — even to the point of engaging in self-harm — because of the public backlash against something they said.
“Cancel culture isn’t just about what gets said and then punished,” said Perrino. “It’s also about what never gets said for fear of punishment. The chilling effect of self-censorship is real — and can have an alarming effect on how Americans communicate.”
Conservative legal scholar Ilya Shapiro said some things about Joe Biden and SCOTUS that the left didn’t like. Now the left wing mob has jeopardized Shapiro’s teaching job at Georgetown, which he just started.
There is a new high-profile case almost every week, and it won’t stop until the people at the top stop capitulating to the mob.
[Featured image is a slide from the FIRE report.]DONATE
Donations tax deductible
to the full extent allowed by law.