The court of public opinion is a powerful entity, but the current need to shame individuals is troublesome and puritanical.
Shame does not work to enact long term change. It is a short term solution that makes the one throwing it feel better.
Which makes sense. Nearly all creatures avoid discomfort, and seek comfort. It is the natural human response to want to remove the uncomfortable, and troublesome elements in the shortest time possible.
Unfortunately, in both individual and societal growth, quick fixes are the antithesis of sustained long term change.
The main problem with shame, and by reflection the whole of cancel culture, is that we have a method for vengeance, but no mechanism for forgiveness.
I am not saying that we should forget, or even allow certain individuals back into the collective tribe, but the current method of punishment is indefinite banishment. This seems a bit harsh, and does not encourage people to come forward and seek redemption.
If there is no method for redemption in our culture, no standard to be met collectively, what reason is there for the individual to change authentically? Moreover, seeing the destruction of their fellows will this not drive those who have similar beliefs further underground?
Here, in the quiet warmth will their views not continue to fester and rot, while they wear a mask?
Are we to summon the inquisition, and torture innocents to find these few hiding elements?
Would it not be better to simply have a true path to redemption?
Some may say providing a path would lead to immodest and untruthful seekers of forgiveness, but are we to toss the rest of those that actually want to be part of society out with the heathens?
I have no answers, only questions.