In Cape Town, South Africa, the repercussions of verbal expression in the world of social media has evolved. Enter Woke Twitter. “Woke” refers to being socially as well as politically conscious. The new global movement is a collective consciousness that travels through Twitter. Sometimes it is difficult to see things for what they really are. Finding the real issues can be difficult. Woke Twitter is about seeing what’s really going on and challenging it. With social media at an all time high, and with its enormous impact of todays world, there must be some restraints placed on how people use it. Using hash tags and social media posts enables greater numbers of people to comment and display responses. Woke Twitter searches for and targets users who display racism of any form. Although we all have freedom of speech, one must be conscious that his or her words doesn’t negatively effect others.
Brenda Wardle, a legal analyst, stated that our freedom of speech is limited. If what we say is demeaning and prejudice, we hurt others and laws should be made to protect people from offensive racist remarks.
Brenda Wardle is an independent legal consultant. She can be seen in many high profile cases where she is a legal analyst for BBS World, Sky News, Channel 5 UK, Fox News and many others. She holds a Bachelor & Master of Law Graduate and is currently working towards a Doctoral Law Degree. She specialized in Forensic Medicine , Media Law, Medical Law as well as Constitutional Law and Fundamental Rights. She is also a published author as well.
While social media is a great way to reach the masses, it can also have negative effects as well. Today, we can connect with people on every continent with technology. And it will become easier and more accessible as technology improves. For that reason, careful consideration should be placed on how people promote their own biases. It is a new age of connectiveness and it must have boundaries and perimeters in order to allow for free speech that doesn’t do more harm than good.