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Title: #CancelCulture: examining definitions and motivations
Authors: Tandoc, Edson C.
Tan, Beverly Hui Ru
Lee, Gabrielle Huei
Ng, Charlyn Min Qi
Chua, Rachel Angeline
Goh, Zhang Hao
Keywords: Social sciences::Communication
Issue Date: 2022
Source: Tandoc, E. C., Tan, B. H. R., Lee, G. H., Ng, C. M. Q., Chua, R. A. & Goh, Z. H. (2022). #CancelCulture: examining definitions and motivations. New Media and Society, 146144482210779-.
Project: MOE2018-SSRTG-022 
Journal: New Media and Society
Abstract: While cancel culture has become a social media buzzword, scholarly understanding of this phenomenon is still at its nascent stage. To contribute to a more nuanced understanding of cancel culture, this study uses a sequential exploratory mixed-methods approach by starting with in-depth interviews with social media users (n = 20) followed by a national online survey (n = 786) in Singapore. Through the interviews, we found that our participants understand cancel culture as more than just a mob engaged in public shaming on social media; it also involves perceptions of power imbalance and social justice. Building on these perspectives from our interviews, we tested the framework of theory of planned behavior in predicting intention to engage in cancel culture and expanded it by examining the effects of people’s belief in a just world using an online national survey in Singapore. The analysis showed that attitude, subjective norms and perceived behavioral control were positively related to intention to engage in cancel culture, while general belief in a just world was a negative predictor.
ISSN: 1461-4448
DOI: 10.1177/14614448221077977
Rights: © 2022 The Author(s). All rights reserved.
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