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How Is Call-Out Culture Playing Out In High Schools?

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 29: Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to guests at the Obama Foundation Summit on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology on October 29, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Summit is an annual event hosted by the Obama Foundation. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to guests at the Obama Foundation Summit on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology on October 29, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.

Last week, during an interview about youth activism, Obama called out “call-out culture,” arguing that the stone-casting mentality, facilitated by social media, isn’t a productive way to effect change.

Last week, during an interview about youth activism, Obama called out “call-out culture,” arguing that the stone-casting mentality, facilitated by social media, isn’t a productive way to effect change. 

Also known as “cancel culture” Obama is referring to a (usually online) form of public shaming in which people will call attention to problematic behavior or collectively boycott a public figure.

But cancel culture has also infiltrated high schools and the way kids talk and interact with each other. We discuss the trickle down and the nature of this phenomenon in schools. Plus, if your child has experienced this, give us a call: 866-893-5722.

Guest:

Sanam Yar, styles reporter at the New York Times, where she writes about youth culture and social media; her latest piece is “Tales From the Teenage Cancel Culture”; she tweets

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