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Thread: Political Correctness

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    Political Correctness

    Would the world be better off if the whole "politically correct" fad had never come to be? Explain your answer please.
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    Re: Political Correctness

    Oooh, that's a tough one, because one needs to define "political correctness" in order to determine if we would be better off without it. It's been (imo) and slow creeping invasion into the American mindset with the purpose of inhibiting peoples' natural tendencies to make value judgements. Which components of political correctness are you referring to, if any?

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    Re: Political Correctness

    I guess, as with anything, a good thing can be taken too far. On the whole, I think we're better off, but I think some of it has gone too far.

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    Re: Political Correctness

    Of course the world would be better off without the Thought Police.

    Duh!

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    Re: Political Correctness

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Oooh, that's a tough one, because one needs to define "political correctness" in order to determine if we would be better off without it. It's been (imo) and slow creeping invasion into the American mindset with the purpose of inhibiting peoples' natural tendencies to make value judgements. Which components of political correctness are you referring to, if any?
    [ame=http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1T4ADBF_enUS242US242&defl=en&q=de fine:politically+correct&ei=Pu_pSryZKIfstgOtj-0a&sa=X&oi=glossary_definition&ct=title&ved=0CAoQk AE]Choose one.[/ame] I think they all apply.
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    Re: Political Correctness

    Okay, let's take the Wiktionary def:

    politically correct (comparative more politically correct, superlative most politically correct)

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    1.(of language) not objectionable, especially in terms of avoiding offense based on race, gender, religion, ideology or any other social grouping such as disability
    [edit] Usage notesWhile "politically correct" frequently refers to a linguistic phenomenon, it is sometimes extended to cover political ideology and behavior, curriculum content, and many areas affected by law, regulation, and public pressure.
    Based on that def, PC is pretty vague (ie many areas affected by law, regulation, and public pressure). It's a subject that is very open to interpretation, and cannot definitively be "good" or "bad". My own philosophy is to allow people to be who they are, pc or not, as long as they aren't causing demonstrable harm to another individual.

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    Re: Political Correctness

    What we have now is "run away political correctness".
    All of this - afraid to offend anyone business; fear of using the word "man", talking "he or she" when he sufficices.... its all so damned silly and inane..
    Things are "out of balance", today.

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    Re: Political Correctness

    Political correctness is a doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical, liberal minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous MSM, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.

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    Re: Political Correctness

    It depends. In China they have zero concept of political correctness. You'll see charactures of various races appearing on t.v. shows that we would consider racist in the West, but they just don't care.

    I say it depends because... on one hand, having no PC values means that everything would just hang in the open. People would run their mouths and offend whoever. This could be beneficial because at least it creates dialogue between the two parties, even if it's just for one person to yell "**** you". I'm sorry, but some unPC comments are true, and by having this dialogue, it would help society sort out which ones are out of line and which ones are closer to the truth. Also, people's personal experiences get trampled on too easily. For instance, I think Chinese immigrants are the worst drivers on the road, and I'm not afraid to say it... but people get offended. I tell them too bad... and it's because in China the road rules suck.

    On the other hand, if that unPC dialogue creates no change, then there's no point. In any case, I'd expect the government to be PC because it's responsible for managing a diverse range of people.

    Me personally... I'm pretty moderate with how PC I am. I do believe in cultural truths, having lived in so many places and having seen so many patterns. One thing I notice about these values is that if you are not part of the culture you are offending, they will take it personally; but then, within their own groups, they will make the same jokes.

    For example, in India I was at a market buying veggies for dinner, and there were three Indian men behind me joking about how I didn't know how to bargain for the lowest price. One of them said, "You don't have a nose for cheap prices like Indians!" They all started laughing, and I said, "Yeah, I guess Indians are pretty cheap." And they all went silent.

    So... even around the world, if it comes from within the group, it's okay, but if it comes from an outside group, it's not okay. I find this to be more racist than anything.

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    Re: Political Correctness

    I've met few people who directly advocate "political correctness." It seems to me that the most "politically correct" position these days is attacks on political correctness.

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