Why the Toxic “Call Out” Culture on Social Media Needs to Go

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Why the Toxic “Call Out” Culture on Social Media Needs to Go

Illustration: Akshita Monga

 

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’ve learned a lot from social media. Apart from the addictive advantage of being able to stealthily stalk exes, frenemies, and nemeses, and seethe over their good fortunes privately, social media enriches my world every day. It helps me engage with ideas and people my real life would be hard-pressed to allow me access to. It’s sharpened my debating skills, helped me recognise gaps in my knowledge, and very often serves as the incisive gut check every writer needs. Existing on social media can be a humbling and elevating experience for those among us who have the good sense to not be swept away by ridiculous notions of self-importance.

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