Political Correctness

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This 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 Fleischer


I 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,