Regular Gonzalez wrote:
I think freedom of speech is largely disappearing nowadays. Say one thing that the masses say they do not agree with (even though some do but they do not admit it), and every gives you shit until they forget about it or you leave the vicinity.
Also, there are now certain words or topics that once you say the word or discuss the topic, everyone goes crazy, and again, keeps giving you shit. The loss of freedom of speech is the worst thing that has happened in the United States because this will have future reprecussions that will cipple the democracy of the United States.
I agree with you that there are certain words and topics that can’t be mentioned without people going completely crazy and irrational. While this can be quite infuriating I don’t think that this is the same as a loss of freedom of speech.
You still have the legal right to talk about the topics that these people find offensive and they still have the right to give you shit about it.
I think the solution is for normal people to stop giving a shit about what overly sensitive, painfully politically correct types think. Just say what you think and let them be offended.
That is basically what I meant. The government is not taking the freedom of speech away, but the general population is.
I don’t really have any complete thoughts but this is something that bothers me as well. Every era and culture has had its taboos but it’s hard for me to figure from this vantage point whether things are becoming worse or not with the important stuff. It seems like the PC thing is completely pervasive but the “PC” label only seems to be applied to the bullshit hypersensitivities of other people while ones own hypersensitivities are just natural good taste or somehow so far beyond reproach that suggesting that they may be hypersensitivities is itself a heinously offensive act.
I do feel like the nature of the media and modern communication amplifies the powers of certain fringe groups that know how to leverage their voice. Tiny little groups can launch public protests or boycotts against much larger entities serving the interests of far more people but because the media loves conflict, the voices of the motivated fringe elements will drown out those of the masses. Shrillness beats being right, rational, or factually correct in the battle for attention and it stifles public discourse and individual rights.
Politicians also seem to have gotten better in recent years-- I could be wrong-- in dialing in the melodrama to an effective level thanks in part it seems to methods from modern adversing and psychology. They’ve always tried the same old stuff but I get the impression that while the arms race in bullshit may balance out in who among them wins, it just leaves the rest of us deeper still in shit. Then again it could be that its no different than ever before and its just my vantage point that makes me think this.