When ‘Civility’ Really Means ‘Political Correctness’

When leftists start talking about “civility,” watch out for your freedom of speech. This again comes to mind with reports that some media outlets are eliminating online comments sections in civility’s name. And while it’s not a First Amendment violation (these are private-sector actions), it is largely motivated by the same mentality spawning speech codes on college campuses and “hate speech” laws overseas.

  • I usually check the comments before I read MSM articles.

    If there is no comments section, my willingness to read drops drastically.

    • Alain

      I also check to see if there are dissenting comments, because the lack of any tells me all I need to know.

  • ntt1

    before National Post dropped its comments it experimented with censoring key phrases and refusing comments on any hot button topics like indians or muslims,instead choosing to publish silly articles that were little more than propaganda. And this from a paper that used to be center-right but now is just lost.

    • Alain

      As far as I am concerned the slide down hill started with the departure of Conrad Black. The slide never stopped.

  • Waffle

    My take is slightly different. I think it has to do with ability to deal with anger and that is an age thing. I used to do telephone market research and contract customer service. There are a lot of angry people out there (for one reason or another). I noticed that the younger researchers were totally unable to deal with the anger they encountered.

    More recently I have seen it in person as a hospital patient. So-called medical professionals, both doctors and nurses, are unable to deal with the anger they encounter. One night, I witnessed a poor old lady, forcibly sedated, while held down and tied to her bed by 4 (!!!) flak-jacketed security guards while the young doctor smugly looked on. All because she had indulged in an angry outburst (which she was prone to do — they never lasted long).

    Even scarier is the inability of younger gmy n or taser-toting cops to deal with anger. The results are often deadly (think Robert Djkanski and Sammy Yatin as just 2 examples. We never really hear about the rest).

    So, I think the Comments sections were dropped because the moderators were unable to deal with the anger that was often expressed. They lacked the vocabulary, the wit and the psychological skills to do so.

  • Clausewitz

    As long as we all realize that the “I’m offended” bullshit is nothing more than an attempt to censor contrary opinions, we’ll be alright.