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- - INTRODUCTION This is an English exam paper prepared for the EVU2ADMK 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 todays America Nuuk April 1996 Ral Fleischer THE QUESTIONS ASKED 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 Orwells 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 ie language - similar to the Orwellian
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