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Title: Trial by Internet : a millian analysis of cancel culture
Authors: Yew, Ming Jie
Keywords: Social sciences::Political science::Political theory
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Nanyang Technological University
Source: Yew, M. J. (2021). Trial by Internet : a millian analysis of cancel culture. Final Year Project (FYP), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Abstract: Singapore’s 2020 General Elections saw a new candidate from the incumbent party withdraw, after allegations against his character surfaced on social media. This act of boycotting or deplatforming notable figures through social media has come to be known as cancel culture, a term which has been gaining traction in recent years. Considering the main arguments for and against this phenomenon, this paper seeks to develop a framework through John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty, analysing his grounds for the freedom of opinion and of the expression of opinion against his liberty principle. Using this framework to examine selected instances of cancel culture in Singapore, this paper establishes that while public conversations are necessary to address social issues, there should also be limits to such discussions to ensure that vulnerable communities are not further disadvantaged.
Fulltext Permission: restricted
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