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- Are you familiar with “cancel culture”? Describe it to me.
- Do you think “cancel culture” is a healthy way of online interaction? Why or why not?
- perceived /per-SEEVD/
- campaign /kam-PEYN/
- regulate /REG-yuh-leyt /
- comply /kuhm-PLAHY/
- mechanism /MEK-uh-niz-uhm/
[adjective] – seen or noticed as
His quiet demeanor was often perceived as shyness, but in reality, he was just reserved.
[noun] – a planned group of especially political, business, or military activities that are intended to achieve a particular aim
The social media campaign aimed to spread a message of positivity and kindness.
[verb] – to control something, especially by making it work in a particular way
The thermostat automatically regulates the temperature in the room to maintain a comfortable level.
[verb] – to act according to an order, set of rules, or request
The restaurant had to make adjustments to comply with health and safety guidelines during the pandemic.
[noun] – a way of doing something that is planned or part of a system
The alarm system’s mechanism triggers a loud siren in case of a security breach.
Since “cancel culture” primarily occurs online, the law would need to address internet-specific aspects and might involve collaboration with social media platforms. Platforms might be required to regulate users and comply with court orders. Special legal mechanisms would be needed to identify those responsible for cancel culture due to the fast spread of information and potential damage to reputations. Any “cancel culture” law would need to be carefully designed to handle the complexities of online interactions. The government’s goal is to establish appropriate boundaries between hateful speech and free speech while mitigating the negative effects of “cancel culture”.
- What is “cancel culture”?
- Why is the government of Singapore considering implementing a law against “cancel culture”?
- What is the main concern regarding the conflict between supporters of gay rights and conservative religious groups in Singapore?
- What is the government’s objective in finding a balance between protecting free speech and preventing hate speech?
- What is the government’s overall goal regarding the regulation of “cancel culture” and free speech?
- 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?