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  • Restrictive

    24 60.00%
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    4 10.00%
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Thread: Political Correctness - Mind Control?

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    Re: Political Correctness - Mind Control?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    Would you elaborate on the good, Fiddytree?
    Sometimes the politically correct culture ends up creating an ends where people at least consciously try to be more fair, careful, or respectful (maybe even change their minds). It is hard to deny some of the positive aspects of politically correcting our race relations, or other minorities. The shunning of certain racial slurs has enabled us to self-censor words with far too much intentional baggage.

    On the other hand, people can react negatively with the perception that they are being forced to adopt a mentality that they think they should not have to. It can also create an unfortunate backlash that was certainly not intended. Take, for instance, the well-intentioned people who try to remove the word "Retard" from public discourse. Now, their intention is to perhaps stop hearing that word used around their son or daughter who is mentally retarded, or that a teacher's students wouldn't have to hear it (or perhaps they are people from a distance who happen to agree that it is a bad word). In some cases, it does make people think twice about it, but on the other hand, it can create the opposite reaction entirely. People can react negatively toward "enforced kindness" and the effort to see people as "the same" ends up making them look even more different from the rest of society, who need not worry what words are used to describe them.
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    Re: Political Correctness - Mind Control?

    I think that it's good to try to be polite and not intentionally offend people. However, we often take it too far, and it's absolutely a bad thing when people are punished (losing their job, being fined, etc.) for saying something offensive.

    Remember, no one has a right to not be offended.
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    Re: Political Correctness - Mind Control?

    it is a very needed thing and very good for the country
    but like many good things there are individuals that abuse it and take it too far
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    Re: Political Correctness - Mind Control?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    On the other hand, people can react negatively with the perception that they are being forced to adopt a mentality that they think they should not have to. It can also create an unfortunate backlash that was certainly not intended.
    That is my problem with it. If you don't like what I say or how I act just stop dealing with me. Telling me what do is not going to get a kind response from me. Just go away baby!

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    Re: Political Correctness - Mind Control?

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    That is my problem with it. If you don't like what I say or how I act just stop dealing with me. Telling me what do is not going to get a kind response from me. Just go away baby!
    yes but this is only true in personal life, not commercial, not public, or educational or political etc etc
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    Re: Political Correctness - Mind Control?

    we have become a society of potential victims just looking for the reason to claim our status. The most recent stupid example was when Mitt Romney said he was joining to hang jimmy carters misery index around obama neck, seriously? that is enough to get some on the left all riled up? Hyper vigilance especially when used to achieve a perceived partisan gain weaken those who have a legitimate cases of racism because they get lost in the noise of those who cry wolf. I demand full bore free speech I dont want ed shultz fired it is good to know where he stands, nor do I tar the left with this one mans vile comments, but I do tar the left who have a well oiled political correct police for their silence on those comments. The cult of victimihood is bipartisan, though far more prevalent on the left, Palins problems have little to do with the press. While I am sure the press played "GOTCHA" with palin and played up her "57 states" moments she has shown she lacks the ability to manage her own mouth let alone a country

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    Re: Political Correctness - Mind Control?

    Political correctness is simply a very subtle form of control. It attempts to make the expression of certain opinion “offensive” simply by expressing that point of view. For example…

    …for years the word “homophobe” (for someone who has “homophobia”) has been thrown around as an epithet for anyone who expressed a view contrary to any pro-homosexual view. The word literally means “fear of the same” and not “fear of gays” as many believe that it does.

    Regardless, some dictionaries have gone so far as to change the definition of “homophobia” as someone who is prejudiced against gay folks.

    While some may argue this is simply a natural evolution of language (and I don’t believe that it is) I have noticed that there is no word--at all--for someone who does not agree that homosexuality is “normal” and yet isn’t “afraid” of gay folks.

    Of course, such a belief is not "politically correct" and so it must not be allowed to exist.


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    Re: Political Correctness - Mind Control?

    And while I'm thinking about it, it does occur to me that hate crimes (thought crimes) are a natural progression of political correctness.
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    Re: Political Correctness - Mind Control?

    Political correctness? You mean like controlling the meaning of language? "Marriage is between a man and a women". /thread.
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    Re: Political Correctness - Mind Control?

    Quote Originally Posted by Helvidius View Post
    The most recent example that comes to mind was Juan Williams getting fired from NPR when he said he felt uneasy about fellow airplane passengers who wear "Muslim garb". I tend to think political correctness hurts this country more than it helps.
    That's a perfect example. Since it's politically incorrect to admit to feeling even a bit anxious when boarding a plane with muslims, it shuts down all dialogue. If it was out there, and talked about maybe there would be more understanding from both sides of the issue. When you can't even talk about a feeling you get, that you don't have any control over, without being called a bigot, things have gone to far.
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