Political Correctness Essay

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- -INTRODUCTIONThis is an English exam paper prepared for the EVU2ADM/ØK course at Niuernermik Ilinniarfik, Nuuk.The main topic of this paper is the USA, and I have chosen to concentrate on the issue political correctness.My purpose with this paper is, by giving examples, to shed some light on how the use of a certain kind of language can affect the public opinion, and how this - via political correctness - is actually happening in today's America.Nuuk April 1996 Ral FleischerTHE QUESTIONS ASKEDI will try to answer the following questions about political correctness;* what is political correctness?* why political correctness?* how is political correctness expressed?What is political correctness?Most people have a more or less vague idea of what political correctness means but apart from being a buzzword in the last 10 years what is political correctness actually? In other words what is the fundamental concepts of the expression?Why political correctness?The opinion of the famous writer George Orwell was that by controlling the use of languages, the certain codes used to express consciousness, one is able to control the thinking process itself. This opinion is expressed as the concept Newspeak in his book '1984' ;'The purpose is not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper, but to make all other modes of thought impossible. It is intended that when adopted a heretical thought should be literally unthinkable, at least so far as thought is dependent on words.'(Based on Orwell's 1984 appendix 'On the Principle of Newspeak')Is political correctness a way of controlling the code and the ethic form used in the thinking process - and eventually in that way what is being thought of in that code, i.e. language - similar to the Orwellian Newspeak? What is the purpose of political correctness?How is political correctness expressed?In what ways does political correctness refer to modern people's daily life in the American society? How does political correctness come into view in the public opinion?DESCRIPTION OF THE MATERIALThere have always been changes in the English language. This is how the language came about and evolved from standard British English to American English.During the last few years, as the world is becoming more sensitive to the rights of minorities, women, animals, etc. a new form of changes has taken place. These changes have become known as political correctness (PC).Although PC has excited more debate than almost any other philosophical issue in recent years only a very small amount of written material - apart from newspaper articles - about this subject has reached Greenland so far. This, because PC is a rather new and, first and foremost, an almost all American phenomenon.The majority of the material collected for this paper consists consequently of various newspaper articles. I would like to mention the following newspapers:The Federalist Paper, PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly.The...

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