Political Correctness on Campus
Political correctness is dominating college campuses across the country.
[1980s] Emerges from culture wars.
[1990s] Declines during focus on economy and health care.
[c.2010] Re-emerges out of social media and Internet 2.0.
Old Political Correctness:
Regulated by professors
Restricts hate speech
Aims toward consensus
New Political Correctness:
Regulated by students
Rejects intellectually and emotionally challenging speech
A takes offense at B
A broadcasts offense
A gains supporters
B gains defenders
A, B, and Media gain followers and $ from exposure
A/B polarization increases
The new political correctness has also enforced a confusing new vocabulary.
war on women
his and her
peanut butter sandwich
rule of thumb
holding down the fort
Experts think all this is causing adverse health effects.
Of College Counseling Directors:
95%: Report growing concern over students with significant psychological problems.
70%: Report student population with significant psychological problems has increased in past year.
Of College Students:
[show 2009->14 5% increase]
49%: Report overwhelming anxiety.
54%: Report overwhelming anxiety.
Cognitive Distortions Common in PC Campus Environments
Mind reading: A assumes B thinks negatively about A.
Fortune-telling: A predicts inevitably bad future.
Catastrophizing: A thinks past or future unbearably bad.
Labeling: A assigns global – traits.
Discounting positives: A ignores +.
Negative filtering: A focuses on -.
Overgeneralizing: A projects global trend from 1 incident.
Dichotomous thinking: A creates zero-sum scenarios.
Blaming: A categorically blames B.
What if?: A obsessed by negative scenarios.
Emotional reasoning: A governed by feelings, despite contradictory evidence.
Inability to disconfirm: A denies evidence contradictory to A’s POV.
Not only is the new PC unhealthy, it’s un-democratic.
A listens to B.
A debates B.
A and B’s policies voted on.
New PC Despotism:
A denies validity of B’s POV.
A rejects grounds of a debate.
A excludes B’s electorate.
The New PC is:
It’s time to turn back to the open-mindedness, intellectual curiosity, and free speech that America and its colleges were founded upon.