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Large Majorities Dislike Political Correctness - The Atlantic
> According to the report, 25 percent of Americans are traditional or devoted conservatives, and their views are far outside the American mainstream. Some 8 percent of Americans are progressive activists, and their views are even less typical. By contrast, the two-thirds of Americans who don’t belong to either extreme constitute an “exhausted majority.” Their members “share a sense of fatigue with our polarized national conversation, a willingness to be flexible in their political viewpoints, and a lack of voice in the national conversation.”

Most members of the “exhausted majority,” and then some, dislike political correctness. Among the general population, a full 80 percent believe that “political correctness is a problem in our country.” Even young people are uncomfortable with it, including 74 percent ages 24 to 29, and 79 percent under age 24. On this particular issue, the woke are in a clear minority across all ages.
politically_correct  poll  2018  US  politics 
october 2018 by porejide
Quote by Theodore Dalrymple: “In my study of communist societies, I came to t...” | Goodreads
> “In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is...in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.”
communism  lies  humiliation  politically_correct  propaganda 
september 2018 by porejide
'Bless Their Hearts': New billboard replaces criticized one :: WRAL.com
Hahahahaha! Fantastic.

The outrage of many over the former message of this billboard is absolutely ridiculous & telling of what our society is becoming...

Fuck all the "PC" bullshit!
WRAL  politically_correct  2017  advertising  localnews  NC  wtf 
march 2017 by PCjabber
What You're Saying When You Use the Phrase "Politically Correct" - Greta Christina's Blog
When you use the phrase “politically correct,” here’s what you’re saying.

You’re saying, “I want to be able to say things that are damaging — and I don’t want to be held accountable for it.”

You’re saying, “I don’t want to have to think very carefully about the things that I’m saying. I want to say whatever pops into my head — and I don’t want to think about whether it’s unfair, inaccurate, bigoted, or otherwise harmful.”

You’re saying, “I want to say whatever pops into my head — and I don’t want to think about whether it perpetuates harmful tropes or stereotypes.”

You’re saying, “In particular, I want to say whatever pops into my head about people who’ve gotten the short end of the stick for centuries — and I don’t want to think about whether the things I say are bashing them with that stick one more goddamn time.”
politically_correct  PC 
october 2016 by Quercki
Black leaders want 'offensive' Fayetteville city seal changed :: WRAL.com
People are too damn sensitive... It's a freaking building!

Lol, there were 105 comments on this at the end of the 1st day (when I saved this).
WRAL  localnews  wtf  politically_correct 
july 2015 by PCjabber
悲しい英語の婉曲表現byジョージ・カーリン(訳):George Carlin - Euphemistic Language
video: George Carlin - Euphemistic Language

ジョージ・カーリンが生前録音した「Euphemistic Language」が面白かったので耳訳しておくね。

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婉曲表現(Eupheminstic Language)って嫌だね。
ほら、本当のことを誤魔化す言葉のことさ。

米語は婉曲表現だらけ。アメリカ人は現実直視できないから、現実から自分を遮断するためにソフトな表現を使うんだけど、これが世代を重ねる度に酷くなっている。

例えば、戦場で兵士がストレスたまって発狂寸前になることがある。その心理状態を…

左下の兵士がそれ。こういう目(thousand-yard stare)になる (c) British Government

第1次世界大戦の頃は「Shell Shock」と言った。シンプルでダイレクト、正直な言葉だ。シェル・ショック。音節も2つしかない。言葉そのものが砲弾だ。それが80年以上前ね。1世代くだって…

第2次世界大戦の頃には全く同じ状態が「Battle Fatigue」となった。4音節に増え、長くなった分、あんまり痛みが感じられない。「ティーグ」って言う方が「ショック」よりナイスだしね。

1950年代初頭、朝鮮戦争では全く同じ状態が「Operational Exhaustion」となった。8音節に増え、人間臭さが完全に抜け、なんだか車の話みたいだ。

15年後、ベトナム戦争では全く同じ状態が「Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder」となった。同じ8音節でも、間にハイフン入りまくり。痛みはジャーゴン(難しそうな専門用語)の影に完全に葬り去られた。ベトナム帰りの兵は「シェル・ショック」って呼ばれた方が実感あったんじゃあるまいか。

まだある。

「toilet paper」は「bathroom tissue」になった。
「sneakers」は「running shoes」
「floss」は「dental appliances」
「medicine」は「medication」
「information」は「directory assistance」
「dump」は「landfill」
「motel」は「motor lodges」
「house trailers」は「mobile homes」
「used cars」は「previously owned vehicles」
「room services」は「guest room dining」
「riots」は「civil disorders」
「strike」は「job action」
「zoo」は「wildlife park]
「jungle」は「rain forest」
「swamp」は「wetlands」
「glasses」は「prescription eyewear」
「garages」は「parking structures」
「drug addiction」は「substance abuse」
「soap opera」は「daytime drama」
「gambling joint」は「gaming resort」
「prostitute」は「sex worker」
「theaters」は「performing art center」
「wife beating」は「domestic violence」
「constipation」は「occasional irregularity」

自分が子どもの頃は具合悪ければDoctorに行って、その紹介でHospitalに行けば別のDoctorが診てくれたものだ。今はhealth maintenance organization所属のfamily practitionerに行って、その紹介でwellness centerに行けばhealth care delivery professionalsが診てくれる。

貧しい人は昔、slamに住んでいた。今はeconomically-disadvantaged-occupied-substandard-houses-inner-cityに住んでる(訳注:ジョージ・カーリンはスラム育ち)。

スラム住人の多くはbroke(無一文)だ。あれはnegative cash flowなんかじゃ絶対ない。broke。

会社もfire(クビ)。managementにcurtail redundancy in human resource areaされてもはやviable members of workforceじゃなくなったってことさ。

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どれもこれもsmugでgreedyでwealth-fedな白人が自分の罪を隠すために発明した言葉さ。

CIAは人をkillなんかしない。neutralizeしてるだけ。その地域をdepopulateしてる。
政府はlieなんかつかない。engages in disinformationしてるだけ。
ペンタゴンは放射線量測る施設をなんと「Sunshine Unit」と呼んでいる。

イスラエル人の人殺しはcommandersで、アラブ人のcommandersはterrorists、反terroristsはなんとfreedom-fightersだ。

まあ、crime-fightersはcrimeとfightする人、fire-fightersはfireとfightする人だからね。でも、freedom-fightersがfightするのは一体なんなのさ?

中にはなんだそれは…というソフト表現もある。空港アナウンスでよくこう言うよね。

「passengers in need of special assistance(特別なアシスタンスが必要なお客様)から先に搭乗案内いたします」

cripples。シンプル、正直、ダイレクトに、そう呼べばいいじゃないか。恥ずかしいのか? 聖書の英訳にも出てくる言葉だ。「Jesus Heals the Crippled Man」*って、ちゃんとそう書いてる。あの状態を表現するのに単語6つも要らないよ。

しかしもう今の社会にcrippleはいない。「the physically challenged」な人がいるだけだ。「differently abled」とも。

「handicapped」も禁句で、今は「handicapable」である。

まったく何を考えているんだろうね。呼び方かえたら状況が変わるとでも思ってるのか。おんなじじゃないか。

今はde*fもいなくなった。hearing impairedな人がいるだけだ。
blindもいない。partially sightedかvisually impairedな人がいるだけだ。

stupidな子どももいない。learning disabilityを抱える子、minimally exceptional(最小限優秀)な子どもがいるだけだ。自分の子どもがそう呼ばれたらどう思う? ポジティブだけど嘘バレバレじゃないか。

「おたくのお子さんはminimally exceptionalです」(5:45-)

な? 

「ugly」とも呼べない。心理学者は「those with Severe Appearance Deficit(SAD)」と呼ぶ。
「old」な人もいない。みんな死ぬ前は「senior citizens(直訳は上級市民)」って呼ばれるのだ!

百歩譲って「senior citizens」は甘んじるとしても、自分が絶対呼ばれたくないフレーズは「90 years young」。なんと悲しい言葉だ。年取ることがそんなに怖いのか。oldって言葉も使えない。antonym(反意語)まで使って。

そりゃ誰だって年取るのは怖い。死にたくなんかいない。でも死ぬよね。死ぬんだ。だから自分で自分を誤魔化す―。

かく言う自分も40になった時、誤魔化し始めた自分がいた。鏡を見て、こう思ったんだ。「Well, I guess I'm getting...older」。「older」の方が「old」よりはマシ。なんか先があるみたいじゃないかってね…BS。「I'm getting old」でいいじゃんね、そうなんだから。

ところがベビーブーマーはそうは思えないんだなぁ…。

いいかい、こういう婉曲表現は大体がベビーブーム世代の発明品なんだね。だからブーマーがその年になると、なんかいつの間にか新しい人生のフェーズができちゃった。それが「pre-elderly」。自分は老人なんじゃじゃない、「pre-elderly(老人前)」だって言うんだよ。ああ、悲しい、悲しすぎる…。

でも大丈夫。これだけ死を怖がってるお陰で、もう誰もdieなんかしない。今はみんなpass awayするだけでいいんだ。もしくはexprireする、雑誌の購読みたいにね。

*マタイの福音書第9章。日本語訳では「中風の人」とあるが、原書では「体に障害のある人」を癒した逸話が紹介されている。

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politically_correct  comedy  English  from google
january 2013 by courantfc
A Conversation with Peter Thiel - The American Interest Magazine
"I’m deeply skeptical about any sort of rationalization of death. It’s tricky to make the ethics too consequentialist, because even if it were true that longevity is bankrupting the welfare state or the healthcare system, we can’t unlearn the things we’ve learned. The goal of longevity research is for people to live longer and healthier lives. If it succeeds, the key thing is just to raise the retirement age. "
educaiton  politically_correct  future  history  technology  peter_thiel  innovation  death 
february 2012 by porejide
Bias Against Speculation?, by Bryan Caplan
" On the Bayesian definition of rationality, beliefs are inevitably a combination of your initial speculation ("prior") and the evidence. You cannot not speculate. Guessing that theists and atheists are equally trustworthy is just as speculative as guessing that they're not. Given this inevitability, it seems better for people to expose their speculation to public criticism instead of pretending that their beliefs are based on "evidence alone." If you want to "overcome bias," you will reward candor, not feigned agnosticism."
bryan_caplan  bias  atheism  academia  belief  bayes  politically_correct  truth 
november 2011 by porejide
It's the Economy, Dummkopf! | Business | Vanity Fair
God I wish the U.S. were like this: " The German government was equally prudent because, he went on, “there is a consensus among the different parties about this: if you’re not adhering to fiscal responsibility, you have no chance in elections, because the people are that way.”" ... "“Patriotism,” she says, “is still taboo. It’s politically incorrect to say, ‘I’m proud to be German.’ ”" ... "As he presided over the Maastricht treaty, that created the euro, the French president François Mitterrand is rumored to have said, privately, that yoking Germany to the rest of Europe in this way was sure to lead to imbalances, and the imbalances were certain to lead to some crisis, but by the time the crisis struck he’d be dead and gone—and others would sort it out. " ... "For the Germans the euro isn’t just a currency. It’s a device for flushing the past—another Holocaust Memorial. The German public-opinion polls are now running against the Greeks, but deeper forces run in their favor."
michael_lewis  germany  government  exploitation  greece  europe  history  language  france  politically_correct  patriotism 
august 2011 by porejide
Amazon.com: The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values (9781439171219): Sam Harris: Books
"The second reason is that many scientists have been misled by a combination of bad philosophy and political correctness. This leads them to feel that the only intellectually defensible position to take when in the presence of moral disagreement is to consider all opinions equally valid or equally nonsensical. On one level, this is an understandable and even noble over-correction for our history of racism, ethnocentrism, and imperialism. But it is an over-correction nonetheless. As I try to show in my book, it is not a sign of intolerance for us to notice that some cultures and sub-cultures do a terrible job of producing human lives worth living."
sam_harris  morality  science  values  religion  politically_correct  corrections 
july 2011 by porejide
Wikipedia sexist? How the New York Times Misinterprets the Site's Gender Gap. - By Heather Mac Donald - Slate Magazine
"If you don't like to debate, perhaps you should avoid the debate club rather than calling for its reconstitution into a mutual-agreement society."
gender  wikipedia  statistics  nyt  politically_correct 
february 2011 by porejide

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