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- hinder /HIN-der/
- predominantly /pri-DOM-uh-nuhnt-lee/
- violate /VAHY-uh-leyt/
- complexity /kuhm-PLEK-si-tee/
- boundary /BOUN-duh-ree/
[verb] – to limit the ability of someone to do something, or to limit the development of something
The language barrier can hinder effective communication in a multicultural workplace.
[adverb] – mostly or mainly
In the summer, the weather is predominantly hot and sunny in this region.
[verb] – to break or act against something, especially a law, agreement, principle, or something that should be treated with respect
Speeding on the highway can violate traffic laws and result in a fine.
[noun] – the state of having many parts and being difficult to understand or find an answer to
The complexity of the computer program caused errors and glitches.
[noun] – a real or imagined line that marks the edge or limit of something
The new policy established stricter boundaries on social media use during work hours.
Given that “cancel culture” predominantly occurs online, the law would need to address internet-specific aspects and may involve cooperation from social media platforms. Platforms might be required to regulate users or comply with court orders, such as by removing posts that violate the law. Identifying perpetrators of “cancel culture” would require special legal mechanisms to address the rapid spread of information and potential harm to reputations. Singapore already has internet-related laws, including regulations against fake news, cyberbullying, and doxing. Any “cancel culture” law would need to be distinct and carefully crafted to navigate the complexities of online interactions. The government’s objective is to establish appropriate boundaries between hate speech and free speech while mitigating the negative effects of “cancel culture”.
- Have you personally experienced or witnessed instances of “cancel culture”? How did it affect you or those involved?
- What are your thoughts on Singapore’s proposal to introduce a law against “cancel culture”? Do you believe it is necessary, or do you think it could potentially limit free speech?
- Do you think it is possible to protect speech while regulating “cancel culture”?
- What potential benefits and drawbacks do you foresee in Singapore’s objective to establish boundaries between hate speech and free speech while mitigating the negative effects of “cancel culture”?
- How important do you believe it is for laws targeting “cancel culture” to be carefully worded and precisely defined?
- cancel culture
- hate speech