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4. M J Akbar, J K Rowling Aren't Really Cancelled, And The Dangers Of The Chilling Effect

4. M J Akbar, J K Rowling Aren't Really Cancelled, And The Dangers Of The Chilling Effect

C for Cancel Culture, Cognitive Bias, Chilling Effect, Cheap Fakes, Crony Capitalism, Conspiracy Theories and Cishet in Episode #4 of Media Buddhi A-Z.

While preparing for Episode 4 of Media Buddhi A-Z, we discovered that the term ‘cancel culture’ is a favoured term for people who identify with issues on the right.

So in this episode then, we examine whether people like author J K Rowling and editor-politician M J Akbar are really cancelled. Because they still seem to have access to large platforms.

It turns out that cancellation is different when viewed through the lens of ‘punching up’ and ‘punching down’. Listen on for more on that.

We also discuss other terms and people such as:

Manufactured Cancellation
Boycott Culture
Cognitive Bias
Confirmation Bias
Chilling Effect
Cheap Fakes
Crony Capitalism
Conspiracy Theories


  1. Harper’s Letter with 150+ signatories, A letter on justice and open debate

  2. The rebuttal to the letter above with 160+ signatories, A more specific letter on justice and open debate

  3. What is the chilling effect? An article on Media Buddhi

  4. Book: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

  5. Are you Spock or Homer Simpson? An article on Media Buddhi

  6. Book: Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness

  7. Book: The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

  8. LGBTQIA+ Media Reference Guide [pdf]

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Media Buddhi
Media Buddhi
A podcast that gives us tools to navigate tricky, polarising questions with our friends, family and community. Each week, Venkatesh, Divya and Archis tackle words from a single letter (such as A for appropriation, allyship, algorithm, anxiety, etc.).