Wokeism

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#wokeism #cancelculture #woke #cosmicskeptic #carefreewandering #douglasmurray #winstonmarshall #piersmorgan

Wokeism? What is it? Is it a force for good, for bad? Is it political correctness gone mad? Is it really everywhere? Or is it a red-herring? A New MccArthyism? Puritanical? Cancel Culture? Dogmatic?

This idea of being woke – of wokeism – appeared seemingly out of nowhere. Does it have a history? What’s going on under the surface? When you strip away the noise.

We’ll look at the history of the term, how its related to political correctness, ask whether it goes back further, before thinking about what I’ll describe as the broadening of the public sphere, and the cancel culture debate.

After surveying the history, I look at three quick case studies: @carefreewandering @CosmicSkeptic and Winston Marshall from Mumford and Sons

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Sources:

Geoffrey Hughes, Political Correctness: A History of Semantics and Culture

Angela Nagel, Kill All Normies

https://www.vox.com/culture/21437879/stay-woke-wokeness-history-origin-evolution-controversy

https://unherd.com/2019/10/woke-gq-reeks-of-fear/

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/11/fashion-magazines-embrace-woke-politics/

P. Bourdieu, Dinstinctions

Then & Now, Bourdieu

Clay Shirky, Here Comes Everybody

Natalie Coulter & Kristine Moruzi (2020): Woke girls: from TheGirl’sRealm to TeenVogue, Feminist Media Studies

Jurgen Habermas, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere

Tom Nicholas, Whose Afraid of the Online Mob?

Credits:
Pierre Bourdieu Photo: Bernard Lambert, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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