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Icon 1 posted September 23, 2007 01:45      Profile for Sxeptomaniac   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
This article made me laugh a bit.

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These days, mock outrage is used by every side of every dispute. It's fair enough to criticize something your opponent said while secretly thanking your lucky stars that he said it... When so many people are clamoring for a chance to swoon that they each have to take a number and when the landscape is so littered with folks lying prostrate and pretending to be dead that it starts to look like the end of a Civil War battle re-enactment, this isn't spontaneous mass outrage. This is choreography.

The constant calls for political candidates to prove their bona fides by condemning or denouncing something somebody else said or to renounce a person's support or to return her tainted money are a tiresome new tic in American politics. They're turning politics into a game of "Mother, May I?" Did you say "Here is my plan for health-care reform"? Uh-oh, you were supposed to say "I condemn MoveOn.org's comments on General Petraeus, and here is my plan for health-care reform."

Why have political arguments often become about what people don't say, rather than what they do? It also called to mind a few of the political discussions in these forums, in which not being "outraged" over a current event or stupid comment by some political/public figure or another was somehow very "telling".

Politics just seems to be the wrong kind of thing to get outraged about in the first place, IMO.

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Icon 1 posted September 23, 2007 02:21      Profile for Ashitaka     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
In a way I agree with you, but must admit that I do wish more people would be pissed off about what I am pissed off about. Maybe it is just part of human nature.

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Icon 14 posted September 23, 2007 14:23      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
ha ha , great article. [thumbsup]
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Icon 1 posted September 23, 2007 14:39      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Great article, I look forward to plagiarizing this really succinct explanation of why Political Correctness gets up my nose...
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The problem with political correctness is that it turns discussions of substance into arguments over etiquette.


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Another thoughtful piece that makes a related similar point.

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quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
Great article, I look forward to plagiarizing this really succinct explanation of why Political Correctness gets up my nose...
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The problem with political correctness is that it turns discussions of substance into arguments over etiquette.

Attacking the idea of "political correctness" almost always scores cheap debating points, particularly if you define it as narrowly as this quote does. I could however just as easily say that political correctness is what extremists call the good manners and consideration for others (that they generally lack). There is after all a valid reason why words like "nigger" can still shock people.

I would in fact suggest the opposite, that far from excessive political correctness being the problem, it is an excess of emotionally loaded language in debate, and a conscious use of every logical fallacy from ad hominem attacks to appeals to authority that bedevils political discourse now.

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