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Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, December 11

First hour: Debating cancel culture

Second hour: Discussing Monroe County's "anti-annoyance" law

Is “cancel culture” a thing? And if so, is it eroding our trust in one another? Author and social commentator Kat Rosenfield says yes. She writes, “ While celebrities, successful artists, and other too-big-to-fail types can survive a cancellation (or even seek one out as a means of drumming up publicity), the rest of us are trapped in an increasingly deranged surveillance state fueled by the disappearance of our most essential resource: trust.” But critics argue that so-called “cancellations” are actually a form of progress and accountability. We discuss it:

  • Kat Rosenfield, author and social commentator
  • Irene Kannyo, award-winning technical writer, cultural writer, editor, audio producer, and host of No Labels, Included on WAYO 104.3 FM

Then in our second hour: Last week, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo signed an anti-annoyance bill into law, despite opposition from law enforcement. The law prohibits harassment of a police officer, peace officer, or first responder in Monroe County, and criminalizes behavior that “that “intends to annoy, alarm or threaten the personal safety” of those individuals as they perform official duties. Law enforcement agencies across the county have stated they will not enforce the law; Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter has said it is a solution to a problem that does not exist. Additional critics say the law is unconstitutional and will erode police-community relations. But Dinolfo’s administration says the County Executive spoke with law enforcement officials and felt the law had their support. We’re joined by members of law enforcement and local government officials who share their perspectives on the law and its future. In studio:

  • Chief Richard Tantalo, Irondequoit Police Department
  • Dave Seeley, Irondequoit Town Supervisor
  • Chief Patrick Phelan, Greece Police Department
  • Bill Moehle, Brighton Town Supervisor
  • John Baynes, County Legislator-elect

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.