Political correctness and John Cleese on where it’s all heading

Isn’t it nice when you’re investing time in a chat which actually gives you something? In terms of openness and information, far too many interactions today seem to be based on a routine, a set of boring ass standardized phrases and even patterns of whole conversations, using jargon only to once again confirm the new way of verbally crapping like there’s no tomorrow. If John Cleese said something about it, what would that be and would he have a point?

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Human beings are those weird little creatures and they like to interact. Since people are aware of that, we’ve created means for communication since like way back in time, and this modern form is encouraging interaction like never before. We’ve got internet, a huge place for sharing ideas and discussing thoughts. Then, there’s the IRL communication form where we also like to chat about all things interesting, evolving or dismissing those ideas along the (chatting) way. Regardless of the space in which chit-chats take place, there’s this human need for finding out more about the world and about our species, making us all passionately in need to research, talk, reason and communicate these things.

No, wait. Just kidding.

Today, large media houses are losing their reputation because they actually lack this sincere wish to present ideas, to challenge them and to be the force standing on people’s side against all things unreasonable in the world. And there are many. In times when access to all of this unreasonability (it’s a word now) has reached far beyond healthy levels of existence, it has evolved into an organism with an own methodology through which to process everything of interest in this world.

Say hello to the politically correct way of doing things.

Instead of speaking about political processes, ideologies and how they affect societies in different aspects – the politically correct way would be to assume one way to be true, then criticizing some other way but for the love of Buddha stay away from criticizing the extremists. That includes all extremists. Why? The argument goes that these groups would become legit if someone speaks about them on TV or in the newspapers. Isn’t that cute?

If that’s the way the story goes, then we’ve all been doing this interaction thing wrong the whole time. We shouldn’t talk about crime and stupidity either, nor issues in the world or the unfair ways in which large corporations exploit cheap labor in some countries. Because, according to this new form of logic, that would only legitimize all of these activities and who would want that?

Funnily enough, the natural consequence of this for media houses would be to constructively criticize what’s going on in the world, bringing in experts to talk about how things can change for the better, promote policies enabling that to happen and with a sharp pen fight against corruption and injustice.

But does any media house actually focus on doing that latter part? No. Why is that? Because reporting on all of those constructive things doesn’t give enough clicks to pay the bills. Perhaps it could have something to do with that other thing, being that it’s far much easier to appeal to people’s natural sense of fear and anger, than to their better, more constructive bits and pieces. The latter takes skills.

Dumbassery (a word, yes) could never be the answer.

People aren’t dumb so they know that something’s wrong with this sort of reporting, especially when that very way of describing situations seems to be the only thing that media houses agree upon. It’s enough to create a tsunami of conspiracy theories all over the place, resulting in a state of complete lack of discussion, total absence of facing reality and full-blown ignorance taking over the conversation.

As John Cleese https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAK0KXEpF8U beautifully puts it in his Big Think video, political correctness is a turd – “I’m offended every day. For example, British newspapers every day, they offend me with their laziness, their nastiness and their inaccuracy.// So the idea that you have to be protected from any uncomfortable emotion is one I absolutely do not subscribe to.”

As far as large media corporations and the politically correct way of reporting things, alternative media has grown rapidly these past years – and this is where readers are heading. No, don’t confuse alternative media with right-wing (of leftist) propaganda bullshit, because these kinds of wannabe newspapers are using the same methodology as the media channels which they themselves are said to be opposing. Do we sense a little bit of self-hate mixed with a large dose of lacking knowledge and skills? Oh, and total freedom from logic? Hm.

Criticism isn’t throwing shit back, forth and sideways – it actually requires substance, thought, open-mindedness and knowledge. If the idea is for it to be taken seriously, that is.

Not pointing any fingers, but young new media houses (like The Young Turks), one wo/man shows, podcasts, interviews, interactions, chats, webinars, Viber chats, IRL breakfast/lunch meetings, business gatherings and so on – all of these things are replacing the hugely selective media alternatives being offered to people far too long. This should influence the population to be able to discuss things in an open way, without having to be concerned about offending and getting offended, because criticism, humor and offense aren’t the same thing. The very fact that this new media wave is growing is due to people’s wish to seek quality and invest their time in something useful to them.

And that’s a great thing.

How you switched to alternative media? Was that a pleasant surprise or was it a bunch of BS?

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