Geert Lovink:
Delete Your Profile, Not People, Comment on Cancel Culture

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“The US professional class is de facto locked-in, and simply cannot think outside of the existing platform premises. They live haunted by ‘Will you still like me tomorrow?’ Losing followers on Twitter means immediate loss of one’s reputation, attention, and ultimately income. We’re all influencers now. Less likes and retweets literally mean loss of salary. This is the high price intellectuals and artists pay once they have been sucked into the vortex and cannot see a way out. The Twitterati have zero imagination that a debate outside of social media channels is possible. In times of economic crisis, social media panic effectively leads to the closing of the American mind: There Is No Alternative. We’re stuck on the platform.”