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Talking PC in a Post-PC Age?
I would very much like to hear a discussion on the impact "political correctness" has on the lack of open and honest discussion in the public square. My personal experience indicates large numbers of people only verbalize their heart felt deespest beliefs, if ever, among their closest and like-minded family and friends who frequently share such feelings and beliefs. This, I believe, contributes to a lack of learning and evolution of our thoughts and feelings on a wide range of social and political issues. For example, I was a very strong supporter of Al Gore's presidential campaign. I learned a great deal in my visits to Lack Oswego and Clackamas County talking to Republicians to understand why they were opposed to Al Gore. It was not only very educational but enjoyable as well. For the record, I have been an independent for the vast majority of my adult life after having been a Democrat and a Republican. Or is it not politically correct to talk about political correctness?
I was struck by this comment, because in a lot of ways "political correctness" seems like an old-fashioned phrase -- more 90's than 00's -- now that "post-PC" has gained currency.
Is there an hour of radio here? How exactly does political correctness affect your social or political conversations these days? What are you less likely to talk about in public? What do you think others are? And where does this self-censorship come from?
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