Sir Kazuo Ishiguro on Self-Censorship

Sir Kazuo Ishiguro on Self-Censorship

“I very much fear for the younger generation of writers,” Sir Kazuo Ishiguro told the BBC.     The 66-year-old author and Nobel prize winner is concerned that writers, especially younger, less-established writers, were self-censoring by avoiding writing from certain viewpoints and characters outside their immediate experiences in an attempt to avoid being “canceled” or “trolled” on the internet. “I think that it is a sad state of affairs,” he adds. His comments come during a time when authors such as Jenine Cummins and Julie Burchill have come under fire for comments they have made. His specific worry is that …

The Exhaustive History of ‘Cancel Culture’ in YA Fiction

The Exhaustive History of ‘Cancel Culture’ in YA Fiction

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What exactly is ‘cancel culture?’ A symptom of a larger societal problem, most analyses would suggest. The term refers to social media communities’ desire to hold organizations, individuals, and artistic works accountable for their questionable or unpopular opinions. In the Y. A. book community, it’s meant acts of what some perceive to be virtual dogpiling, assailing unpublished novels with one star reviews and bad publicity in order to deprive the target of profit or platform. (When you type ‘dogpiling’ into Google, the next suggested word is Twitter.) In the past two years, several prominent debuts have been the subject of social …