posted on Jul, 8 2003 @ 05:05 PM
Here's an interesting article that pretty much sums that topic up in a nutshell. NewSpeak is of Democratic origin, not Republican. However I feel
confident that the Colonel agrees with it. Not the article, but NewSpeak.
The ambiguous decision might seem to encourage open discussion but political correctness sometimes seems determined that debate will not occur.
PCspeak, like Newspeak in George Orwell's (search) classic novel 1984, forms an effective barrier.
In Orwell's dystopian world, Oceania, Newspeak (search) serves the ideological goals of Ingsoc -- English Socialism. It gradually replaces Oldspeak
in defining politics and culture. Without the words necessary, complex thoughts simply cannot be expressed.
The evolution of PCspeak parallels that of Newspeak. Consider the evolution of public debate on affirmative action or, more broadly, "diversity."
First, there is the introduction of doublethink. Doublethink occurs when someone simultaneously accepts two contradictory beliefs as true. A common
argument for affirmative action: It is wrong to judge people on the basis of skin color or gender; therefore, universities and employers should give
preference to people based on skin color and gender.
Second, euphemistic "doublespeak" makes doublethink positions acceptable. The term "affirmative action" (search) strongly implies a positive and
Third, language is controlled to define the ensuing debate. This is accomplished by various means, including: