The Problems with Political Correctness

6/6/14 in Locker Room   |   marcus_nyce   |   26972 respect

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Last Thursday as my beloved Bleu-Blanc-Rouge were slowing walking The Green Mile against the Rangers at MSG, news of a potential mega-quick-mega-sale of the The Clippers filled up my Twitter timeline. Instantly, before the ink was dry on the dotted line of a possible deal, the Twitterverse and Blogosphere were already suggesting ex-Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, press CTRL-ALT-Delete on the franchise and re-brand to cut all ties to the old regime.
 
Obviously this lead everyone to chime in with names like the “Hollywood Stars of Los Angeles” and the collective lulz of renaming them the L.A. Redskins or L.A. [Racial Slur], immediately forcing the NBA’s hand into another short sale for 3 or 4 billion dollars.  (Franchise Flippers is going to be a HUGE hit for HGTV.) The point is something needs re-branding, but it’s not necessarily The Clippers.
 
Good intentions aside, including the word ‘Political’ in Political Correctness makes it, like everything political, up for debate. That’s the first problem. Being an idiot can’t be debatable like rezoning a few city blocks or a House Farm Bill. People can’t just throw around Amendment rights or claim that it’s “Just my politics.” We need to re-name it to something along the lines of ‘Intellectual Awareness.’ It’s broad enough to cover a wide range of stupidity and it rolls off the tongue quite nicely. Mainly though not having any intellectual awareness is a much more effective stigma than not being politically correct.
 
This re-brand will hopefully end cable news debates about which slur is worse, i.e. the white one vs. the black one (we’re side-eyeing at your lack of intellectual awareness CNN), and it puts the onus on the unenlighted jackasses to hopefully get their crap together instead of just mob shaming them off the interwebs.
 
That’s problem number two, The Politically Correct Gestapo’s knee-jerk mob mentality. (At least Grammar Nazis are somewhat self-deprecating about their, NOT THEY’RE, obsession with the written language.) This was specifically noticeable during “L’Affaire Subban” that happened during the Habs – Bruins series. Montreal’s PK Subban, a brash, talented, pain in the ass provocateur, who happens to be black scored an over-time goal and of course Bruins fans offered up some “Eff this guy!” & “I effing hate this a-hole!” Fine. We’ve all been there.
 
Ideally though, the racially tinged hashtag line in the sand for fans should have been set somewhere around calling him “Metta World PK” or getting cheeky and saying “This Tyler Perry version of Rocket Richard is sh!t,” but a some knuckleheads went full “N-word” or noose picture on Instagram.
 
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6/6/14   |   ms_hippie_queen   |   29947 respect

Jess wrote:
enlightened heart
(I complain on twitter sometimes, but I try to keep it silly)

i complain too! this is definitely not a case by case thing cause everybody does it (but generally at any given time, my news wall is about half good, half bad). it's totally ok to complain. but when folks do it en masse....and i'm just as annoying as what i'm bitching about here, because i'm painfully addicted to it and expose myself voluntarily to it all darn day.

deb: i love your part about the lamb :)

6/6/14   |   Debi_L   |   11790 respect

I completely loved loved loved this!  I made a concerted effort to try to be more positive, and like Jess, have been unfollowing people a lot.

Leigh I  heart you.  You said it all so very well.  

Last night I shut off my computer after seeing the lamb.  It's 6 seconds of absolute cuteness and that's how I wanted to go out.

I have to go to dentist, so gonna come back and re-read this later, and perhaps get even more insight 

6/6/14   |   Jess   |   34492 respect

ms_hippie_queen wrote:
i like your twitter :)

AND your facebook! hey, we should start a blog!

enlightened heart
(I complain on twitter sometimes, but I try to keep it silly)

6/6/14   |   ms_hippie_queen   |   29947 respect

Jess wrote:
Leigh, I heart you, and I TOTALLY agree with everything you just said (I'm not going to reply directly to your comment, but I'm not going to do the equivalent of "subtweeting" either. Totally responding to you by name.

Anyway, I saw the post with the elephant's face blown off. I see political rants daily on FB (I try to avoid my FB feed for these reasons, and then people say "did you see that pic of (insert their kid's name here)" and I have to say "no, I try not to pay attention to Facebook/I don't have time to go through my entire feed, and only see the top one or two stories" instead of just being honest and saying "no, I stopped 'following' you a long time ago because you post too much whining/political rants/negativity" because they're a family member and I try to avoid drama with that mess, because we're generally happy and get along well, but FB provides some sort of weird platform for things that people don't normally bitch about IRL.

I try to keep my twitter happier and crazy, even if it is a little snarky. I have been unfollowing people who make me angry or sad, or have a way of putting me in a mood. But you're right - it's hard to avoid on the internet.

Also, I'm totally using "Intellectual Awareness" from this point forward. Genius on so many levels.

i like your twitter :)

AND your facebook! hey, we should start a blog!

6/6/14   |   Jess   |   34492 respect

marcus_nyce wrote:
Jess I can't take full credit for that genius. My editor, Sully's-Sister-Sullie, tweaked it from Intellectual Correctness to Awareness.

It was a collaborative effort then..you had a part. It's fantastic

6/6/14   |   ms_hippie_queen   |   29947 respect

"peck" sounds like a slur.

6/6/14   |   kteacher   |   34330 respect

I'll read this when I get home because all I can think about when I look at this article is HOW FRICK'N long this would take my kiddos to peck on their new chrome books for testing. 

6/6/14   |   marcus_nyce   |   26972 respect

Jess wrote:
Leigh, I heart you, and I TOTALLY agree with everything you just said (I'm not going to reply directly to your comment, but I'm not going to do the equivalent of "subtweeting" either. Totally responding to you by name.

Anyway, I saw the post with the elephant's face blown off. I see political rants daily on FB (I try to avoid my FB feed for these reasons, and then people say "did you see that pic of (insert their kid's name here)" and I have to say "no, I try not to pay attention to Facebook/I don't have time to go through my entire feed, and only see the top one or two stories" instead of just being honest and saying "no, I stopped 'following' you a long time ago because you post too much whining/political rants/negativity" because they're a family member and I try to avoid drama with that mess, because we're generally happy and get along well, but FB provides some sort of weird platform for things that people don't normally bitch about IRL.

I try to keep my twitter happier and crazy, even if it is a little snarky. I have been unfollowing people who make me angry or sad, or have a way of putting me in a mood. But you're right - it's hard to avoid on the internet.

Also, I'm totally using "Intellectual Awareness" from this point forward. Genius on so many levels.

Jess I can't take full credit for that genius. My editor, Sully's-Sister-Sullie, tweaked it from Intellectual Correctness to Awareness.

6/6/14   |   hskrdave   |   10500 respect

I'm going to try to remember intellectual awareness and hashtag it as much as possible.  which probably won't be much since i don't tweet much unless I'm drinking.

6/6/14   |   Jess   |   34492 respect

(Edited by Jess)

Leigh, I heart you, and I TOTALLY agree with everything you just said (I'm not going to reply directly to your comment, but I'm not going to do the equivalent of "subtweeting" either. Totally responding to you by name.

Anyway, I saw the post with the elephant's face blown off. I see political rants daily on FB (I try to avoid my FB feed for these reasons, and then people say "did you see that pic of (insert their kid's name here)" and I have to say "no, I try not to pay attention to Facebook/I don't have time to go through my entire feed, and only see the top one or two stories" instead of just being honest and saying "no, I stopped 'following' you a long time ago because you post too much whining/political rants/negativity" because they're a family member and I try to avoid drama with that mess, because we're generally happy and get along well, but FB provides some sort of weird platform for things that people don't normally bitch about IRL.

I try to keep my twitter happier and crazy, even if it is a little snarky. I have been unfollowing people who make me angry or sad, or have a way of putting me in a mood. But you're right - it's hard to avoid on the internet.

Also, I'm totally using "Intellectual Awareness" from this point forward. Genius on so many levels.

6/6/14   |   ms_hippie_queen   |   29947 respect

heart

also this blew my mind -  ..."including the word ‘Political’ in Political Correctness makes it, like everything political, up for debate."

i tried clicking on the first set of words you bolded which means i twitter too much now.

this "This is why we should be collectively moving the online discourse out of the political arena of debate or mob shaming and into an open forum of acquiring knowledge or skills through study, instruction, and shared experiences."

i've realized recently why it is i hate online so much. bad moods are like the most communicable maladies on this dumb earth. and when i scroll through my facebook wall of news or hop on twitter cause some racial s**t is going down, it's just bitch bitch bitch about politics, religion, women causing trouble, women being innocent, sports teams beating my favorite teams, boyfriends sucking, traffic sucking, bitching about people bitching, it's too hot, it's too cold, having to go to work, having to clean up poop, being out of coffee, spreading awareness of chemtrails, and ohmygod dream stores having s**t priced too damn expensive......!!!

of course it's not everyone, but it's a good half and let's face it, bad stuff is way more fun to read than good stuff. so i get home from work and the boy instantly knows i'm in a bad mood - but why? because some douche decided to post a f**king elephant with it's face blown off, blood and brains everywhere and he doesn't get that it has nothing to do with him. (he doesn't internet, so he doesn't get the struggle of trying to laugh at the same meme's different caption, day in and day out...or of seeing elephant's faces being blown off and knowing mentally that that goes on, but preferring to be sheltered from it....jesus, do i sound texan enough?)

then, on top of all the ugly-spreading, there's the worst, real-life s**t these places rain down on you. feeling sad or loss for way more people in your life than your supposed to. people leave our lives for a reason - high school graduation, jobs, loves, deaths, calls to serve, and even (gasp) you have no interest in keeping in touch even though they're 11 minutes away. but now everyone is connected, so when mark carey dies at 31 and my other french horn friends (who i've chosen to keep) post his obit, i'm like "oh my god, how sad" when i haven't thought about him in years. and that's ok to not think about someone in years and not know what they ate for wednesday. actually, the fact that i didn't have mark on facebook and didn't know what he ate for wednesdays made it much easier to go. "oh my god, how sad" and move on. but life without facebook wouldn't have ever presented his death to me period. people dying, pets dying, memorial groups for campers (multiple) i had in 2004 who od'd at ages 16 and 17....there's such a thing as too much connect.

then there's the impossibility of getting past ex's. stalk stalk stalk stalk stalk. stalk the ex's you got over pre-2004! why? cause i can. he's hot and successful now and i'm shacking up with socks-and-sandals-to-the-store guy?? when did i lose control of my life?? 

oh my god. how long have i been typing?

6/6/14   |   JenX63   |   32485 respect

{clap clap clap}  fantastical

6/6/14   |   Jess   |   34492 respect

Dude. I loved this more than cheese.