Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Farewell politically correct (or incorrect)

"Politically correct" or "incorrect" have become so overused that their meaning has been diluted to little or nothing. It's time to relegate this phrase into cliche heaven (or hell).

Probably "spin" should join the junk heap too. Don't all of us "spin" to make facts or opinions more compatible with our own philosophies?

Plain up-front "truth" is in short supply in our governments. Our society would benefit with the use of "truth squads" by individuals or news organizations. The Daily Herald carried an Associated Press story after the recent debate which separated facts from spin.

The New York Times does this routinely with all candidates, including Nader, who I think comes out as the cleanest.

2 Comments:

Blogger jim said...

"Politically correct" or "incorrect" have become so overused that their meaning has been diluted to little or nothing. It's time to relegate this phrase into cliche heaven (or hell)."

I have to disagree with you on this one Jack. I think the phrase should not go away. It is a necessary tool in the fight against political correctness. It's a war really. We cannot give up the fight. If we let the phrase go away than the "PC" crowd would have won a major battle.

It is very important that we keep fighting the "PC" crowd. Those that think it is a right not to be offended. Those that think we should not keep score in childrens soccer or little league games so as "not to hurt the little darlings self esteem". We have to keep fighting those that are so quick to do away with common sense values. I mention "common sense" because that could be the biggest casulty of the war on "PC".

October 8, 2004 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger benj said...

People should still be free to use the label 'politically correct' but they should also recognize that this is an empty word. Some people tend to think that labeling something 'politically correct' is an argument in itself. It's not. If you disagree, don't be lazy and say why you disagree, put forward your counterarguments. Saying that something is 'PC', liberal or stupid is no argument at all. It merely expresses that you disagree. Why should anyone be impressed by that kind of hollow statement?

March 13, 2005 at 4:59 AM  

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