Current Controversies: Political Correctness, 1st Edition

  • Rachel Bozek
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  • ISBN-10: 1534501002
  • ISBN-13: 9781534501003
  • DDC: 306
  • Grade Level Range: 10th Grade - 12th Grade +
  • 160 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released March 2018
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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Political correctness, better known as “PC,” flourished in institutions of higher learning in the 1990s. With the rise of social media, a second wave of PC culture has emerged that is more aggressive than the first. It seems to many that nearly everyone is a target, at risk of being labeled a racist or misogynist based on one short tweet. The movement, though intended to be inclusive and pluralistic, has its detractors. Is political correctness protective or is it an attack on freedom? Do knee-jerk reactions cancel out the opportunity for thoughtful discourse? And what does this culture mean for our future?

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Are We Too Easily Offended by Language?.
1: Overview: Perceptions of the Meaning of “Politically Correct” Have Evolved Over Several Decades.
2: Political Correctness Impedes the Rights of the Press.
3: Political Correctness Is Encouraging a “Thought Police”.
4: Thoughtful Language Is Essential for a Culture of Inclusiveness.
5: Language Regarding Subjugated People Has Important Implications.
Are College Campuses Too Politically Correct?.
6: Overview: The Campus Setting Offers Both Reasons and Ramifications for Political Correctness.
7: Administrators and Students Are Too Concerned with Political Correctness.
8: On-Campus Free Speech Continues to Diminish as a Result of Political Correctness.
9: “Safe Space” Is a Valuable Element of the Campus Setting.
10: Trigger Warnings Create a Comfortable Working Environment for Students.
Should Political Correctness Be Applied to Social Media and the News?.
11: Overview: Sensitive Topics Are Handled Differently over Social Media.
12: Anti-PC Sentiment Is a Detriment to Our Culture.
13: A PC Environment Contributes to Creativity and Openness.
14: Political Correctness Is Unnecessary and Manipulative.
15: Publishers and News Media Pander to Bias and Ignorance.
Has PC Culture Gone Too Far?.
16: Overview: The Debate Over Political Correctness Continues.
17: PC Culture Has Too Great an Impact on Language.
18: Political Correctness Has Made Us Lose Perspective.
19: Political Correctness Has Crossed the Line.
20: There Is a Connection Between Views on Political Correctness and Personal Experience.
21: Political Correctness Protects More Than It Harms.
Organizations to Contact.