I have been thinking about what sometimes gets called “cancel culture, and how much our society in particular cannot envision anything other than a punitive response to mistakes.

This means any criticism is seen as a request to punish harshly.
I started thinking about this in the #metoo context, because people do ask the question of, “okay, so what do we do with predators?” or they’d ask me the more specific question of, “what do we do with Alex Kozinski?”
And I have thought and thought and thought about it, and I don’t actually have any good answers, but more importantly, I am not sure I actually care.
If we had solid institutions that identified predatory and abusive behaviors and centered the victims of those behaviors while making sure that the behavior didn’t repeat itself, I personally wouldn’t care one bit what happened to Kozinski.
But this extends to milder criticisms, too—like the discussion about the short story author who stole real life details from an actual person.

Maybe just don’t do it again? Make sure that if a movie gets made, those are changed? Approach the original publisher about changing it?
Punishing *that person* isn’t going to make the person whose life details were yanked any better off, so why bother?
We are in a weird spot where half of society has learned that DARVO gets you out of jail free, and so there is neither learning nor consequences for some of the worst offenders.

So here we are.

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There was a period in romance-diversification when someone (diverse) would tell a painful story from their life and then someone else on Twitter (and I saw this happen MULTIPLE TIMES) would say, “wow, stealing this for my book! :) :) :)”
The few times I witnessed it, it was distressing for the person it happened to. At that point in time, it was not the done thing to say, “What is wrong with you? I am a human being, not a source for stories, and I also write books and can put it in my own book if I want.”
There’s a difference between drawing on things we hear about to inform how we understand the world and inspire the stories we create, and straight up taking.
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The physical recoil I had just reading this description.
I hope the show ends with them all killing each other as retribution for violations of due process.
This would definitely be judicial misconduct.
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This whole thread, but especially this—people talked about burnout in the medical profession during the pandemic, but we didn’t really talk about how much *worse* it was depending on who you worked for.
Mr. Milan works for what is currently one of the very few independent ER groups (as in, it hasn’t (yet) been purchased by one of the few massive groups) in Denver, and it made a massive difference in quality of life for him as a medical professional over the pandemic.
They had times when PPE acquisition was tight, but the group runs itself and the people in charge worked shifts on the floor, so it was *never* a question of if, but how.
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So the rules about “female classification” are super racist, is what I’m hearing.
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nature.com/articles/gim20…
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IDK, “Subway does not in fact do any QC on its components” isn’t *really* sounding better to me.
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