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The Power of Vulnerability: Art in the Digital Woke Age

Erik Kessels, Destory My Face, 2020, Photograph: G. Lanting, Skate Hall Pier 15, Bredaphoto
Pascal Gielen examines the thorny issue of so-called ‘cancel culture’. Taking a step back and addressing the way polemics emerge – which Gielen sees as a phenomenon specific to the online sphere – this essay discusses the bipolarisation of opinions on social media. Gielen criticises the virality of online debates and their binary and peremptory style, contrasting them to live discussions.