Poprawność polityczna – ten zły, który nie istnieje

Filip Nalaskowski

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This article attempts to answer the following questions: what is „political correctness,” what did it used to be, how did it evolve, and how does it affect modern society? Its origins can be traced back to the 1970s in the United States. From the outset, the concept was accompanied by much controversy. Even as a strictly linguistic guide for journalists it evoked a rebellion in the majority of the journalists. Early on, politcally correct ideas began to refer to discriminated groups, tolerance, and equality, which were associated with left -wing initiatives.

PC migrated to Europe in an expanded form; it arrived not only in language, but was also identified as an attempt at molding society. For large swathes of Europe, the 1980s is a period associated with the stuggle against communism. It was only after the fall of the Berlin Wall that serious debate on issues closer to extensionally political correctness was possible. In Poland, politcally correct ideas appeared in the late 1990s and in the most radical form; political correctness was associated only with the manipulation of society.

A brief overview of the literature and legislation shows that, in principle, the concept of political correctness par excellence is does not exist. Political correctness is primarily an issue for journalists and columnists. And, it is always used in ironic or fearful tones or to shine a light on absurdities. A brief analysis using the wykrop.pl portal as its basis indicates that political correctness generally has only negative connotations for the public and is understood in a manner far from the phrase’s original meaning.

These facts suggest that the term political correctness does not serve a serious function in our reality; serving only as a tool to amuse and frighten society. The notion of political correctness is so distant to us that even organizations that have set themselves the task of fighting discrimination and equal opportunities have distanced themselves from the term political correctness.


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political correctness; society; language; culture; internet

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