According to a study by the Policy Institute at King’s College London and Ipsos MORI, only 21% of the rest say they would interpret the term as an insult. However, the remaining figure is not sure what the term means. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, awake originally meant knowledgeable and up to date. However, the word is now primarily used to describe a person aware of racial or social discrimination and injustice.
In addition, the majority of the British public has heard little or nothing about the expressions “cancel culture” or “identity politics” according to the survey.
And this despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson cracking down on the culture of cancellation as historic statues, Shakespeare and the Union Jack have all come under fire in the past year, with many Britons believing that the freedom of speech is stifled by the culture of cancellation.
In the Queen’s speech, ministers laid out plans to introduce the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill, with universities being forced to compensate those silenced by student left activists.
The legislation will ensure that there is free debate on college campuses across England.
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Despite this, research has also found that the culture war debate in general in the UK is limited – despite a huge increase in related media coverage in recent years.
There were only 21 newspaper articles focusing on the issue in the UK in 2015, which rose to over 500 in 2020.
The KCL study also found that 36% of Labor supporters consider the phrase “a compliment” to be awakening.
Voters on the left are three times more likely to take this sentence as a compliment than Conservatives.
Overall, the British public are slightly more likely to think that being ‘awake’ is a compliment than an insult.
The study found that 26% of UK citizens consider the turn of the phrase to be positive, while 24% find it insulting.
Majorities say they are at least somewhat aware of some key concepts in the culture wars debate – but when it comes to others, most people know very little or none at all.
Of those surveyed, 72 percent say they have never heard of or heard of the term ‘microaggressions’ but know very little about it, while 61 percent say the same about both ‘the culture of cancellation’. And “identity politics”, and 54 percent are. likewise not aware of “trigger warnings”.
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This notice was published: 2021-05-25 23:00:00