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Media & Political Correctness

Legal and cultural changes over the past 40 years have brought women and people of color into corporate professional ranks in unprecedented numbers. Current laws protect these traditionally underrepresented groups from severe forms of discrimination in hiring and promotion. Overt prejudice and discrimination in the workplace, historically sanctioned by society, are now far from acceptable. It seems to me that stand-up comedians, journalists, doctors, and many other professions will knowingly or inevitably indulge in the use of foul language aimed at minorities, but this trend toward normalizing speech will only increase as the demand for eloquence grows. A weakened understanding of political correctness. .

Few things are more political than language, so a critically thinking press should not allow itself to be used in political disputes. As long as the media waives the right to define and formulate specific questions, and not others, they allow the use of language and allow right-wing politicians, directly or indirectly, to establish the conditions for the legitimacy of discourse. And that makes journalists complicit in promoting apparent double standards when it comes to free speech issues.

To make matters worse, accusations of “political correctness” are often used by those in privileged positions to suppress debates brought up by marginalized groups—saying that their concerns don’t deserve to be expressed, let alone paid attention to. Rather, it’s an all-encompassing term we apply to those who ask for more sensitivity to a particular case than we’d like to give – a way of viewing issues as frivolous to justify ignoring them. Others argue that “political correctness” or “political correctness” is used as a nickname for the practice of legitimate attempts to block hate speech and minimize exclusionary speech. The question is whether a language should be banned based on offending one person, offending a certain percentage of people, or simply a decision of political power.

It was believed that the best way to deal with unfair or false speech was to speak more, not less, and thus the best way for management to solve many of these problems was to ridicule comments or directly challenge untruth in an offensive way. Comments. Many wonder if political correctness prevents the media from telling the truth.

Now that they are everywhere, liberal institutions, whether political parties or media organizations, must struggle with how to deal with this type of content: what to amplify and what to ignore. They feel overwhelmed and afraid to tackle even the most mundane problems directly. People draw private conclusions; untested, their conclusions become unshakable.

On the other hand, the initially well-intentioned practice of counteracting any kind of discrimination (as it should have been politically correct) easily turns into a technology of double talk and manipulation (which is now widely used in the media and politics). One is the right’s success in integrating these negative ideas about progressive or leftist culture, or the culture of sociopolitical activism in general.

I’m not tempted to say that just because there isn’t a crisis of nullification culture or a crisis of free speech doesn’t mean that what’s going on inside liberal institutions in terms of restrictions on what people think they can say is, that people think they can get away with it in terms of slightly divergent political positions is not worrisome. Something political is something that reasonable people might disagree with. The idea of ​​being “politically correct,” having the most morally honest opinion on difficult topics and expressing it in the least offensive language gained popularity in the 1990s before outsiders used it as a weapon against the community from which it originated. – just like the idea of ​​”erasing” someone today. “Political correctness” has become a term used to instill in the public imagination that there is a deep divide between the “common people” and the “liberal elite” who seek to control the speech and thoughts of ordinary people.

Debra L. Schultz said, “Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the New Left, feminists, and progressives… ironically used their politically correct terms to defend their orthodoxy in an effort to change the world.” Previously obscure The term “extreme left” has become commonplace. Speaker or writer, considered liberal orthodoxy in the American High School and College Lexicon of Conservative Social and Political Challenges to Progressive Teaching Methods and Curriculum Change[8][38][39][40][41][42] The imposition of , has been described and criticized as “politically correct”. Conservatives attack liberal legislation.

Some trace it back to liberals in the 1960s who criticized the government and government propaganda. After 1991, its use as a pejorative expression spread among conservatives in the United States. Consequently, right-wing think tanks and conservatives have begun to use the term as a form of attack in both the media and academia. A search of newspapers and magazines in the Nexis archive reveals how quickly the term has grown beyond its original scope.

8 thoughts on “Media & Political Correctness”

  1. Thanyaphon Khwanngam

    great article! I personally think that the term ‘political correctness’ is used to protect the truth from being told via media which I highly agree with the fact that some of the problems should have spoken out more rather that hiding it behind.

  2. Nabhopp Chiravadhanookul

    This was a really interesting article. Honestly I think “political correctness” is now in a way, being used against its original purpose. Instead of not discriminating, people discriminate indirectly and use the term to silence minorities who wanna speak out. Are you really a good person if you use all the “safe” and “inclusive” words but still believe that certain groups should receive more privileges than others on the inside.

  3. Chomchaba Wattanasin

    This article is very informative and I totally agree that nowadays people use the term Political correctness as a weapon against some communities and we cannot deny that it was held by elites to control ordinary people’s thoughts and I think it is a problem that our society now experiencing it.

  4. Panita Peerapongpipath

    Thank you for sharing your idea. Since it is happening in Thailand now, I strongly agree with the statement that “political correctness prevents the media from telling the truth.” Thais cannot speak about the unfair, brutal, and mournful situations that occur during this period in the media. Listening to the other side, in my opinion, is the best way to ensure that both sides, the population and the government, understand each other and are willing to improve society. And it should not be forbidden to speak the truth.

  5. Kliao-ngern Jirprachaya 6407640587

    Thank you for sharing your ideas and perspective through this article. I indeed agree with you that the press nowadays or in the past does not present the truth information sometimes. The power of authorities forces them to do both directly and indirectly, which is very bad because people will not know the truth about what happens in society. This is very sad because we are living in a democratic country where we should have the right to get trustworthy information or news.

  6. Engkawat Jitareethep

    Thank you for posting this blog! In my opinion “political correctness” is something that actually happened in Thailand which is happened a long time ago and still happened. Some problems should be spoken out to the public and not hiding the truth away.

  7. Krittaporn Yusutha

    This is a great article! I’ve never heard of this before. However, I feel that this is a real problem in society that has been around us for a long time. I think it’s very challenging to use language for the media because how to make the information published is not limited and can be published accurately and completely.

  8. Torfa Ruengarak

    I couldn’t agree more with you about the “political correctness” It must not be the weapon in political to against marginalized groups because everyone has rights to speak up. It is bad if media can not even present the truth story because of the political correctness. This article also reminded me about what is happening in Thailand in the present day that we are fighting to speak up and questioning about the problems that we face today.

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