Thursday, July 30, 2020
In 1983, as Apple was debuting its new Macintosh computer, the company aired one of the most iconic ads in cultural history, "1984." Taking a page out of George Orwell's book, the ad was designed as an anti-conformity message, selling the idea that individual thought can change the world.
Unfortunately, the world of Orwell's "1984," where free thought was replaced with group think, is beginning to feel a lot like the "cancel culture" that now permeates college campuses, social media, major newsrooms and corporate boardrooms, an increasingly alarming environment, driven by a self-defined infallible elite.
In too many venues today, the purpose of political speech isn't to question and debate ideas but rather to ensure ideological conformity dictated by a cancel culture elite that punishes those with "contradictory true thoughts" because those thoughts are seen as incompatible with what amounts to an absolute belief in the infallibility of their own dogma.
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