Political Correctness

Some say our culture has gotten too sensitive, while other say we’re just becoming more aware of what sorts of things are better off not being said.

We started off by trying to define exactly what political correctness is and where it came from. As it turns out, everyone has their own idea of what it is, but we agreed that it can be summarized as a way of speaking to avoid offending people. We all agreed that the concept has been around for a long time, but has gotten more prominent in recent times due to the Internet and increasing awareness of issues pertaining to minorities.

We then discussed the limits of this system and if it goes to far. Disagreements arose about how to deal with a person who genuinely doesn’t know about an issue, if word reclamation is a good thing, and if we are too sensitive as a society. Overall, political correctness is an issue that isn’t going anywhere soon, but we need to remember that language is will always evolve- with or without our society.