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#WendyMesley and why cancel culture will extinguish us all

Wendy Mesley, currently suspended from CBC while being investigated with taxpayer dollars for her use of ‘a word’, is the latest casualty of cancel culture. On Twitter, many are posting images of the Ouroboros, the mythological serpent that survives by consuming its own tail, to dramatize the idea of the CBC eating its own. The image also serves as an apt metaphor for outrage as a self-perpetuating cycle that both invigorates and depletes us. Combine the ease of tweeting your condemnation for #WendyMesley, the rush of getting instant reinforcement from your online community, and the possibility of influencing an outcome, and it’s easy to see how indignation can become addictive. A few years


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