The answer to that question requires one to look no further than any social networking site. Social networking has startling become less of a tool for staying in touch with relatives and old friends and more of a forum for heated arguments. Irrespective of the issue of contention an argument on Facebook, Twitter or any of the countless social network sites on the world wide web can go from silly to vehement in a very short space of time.
The reason is simple; our society has accepted the notion of “Your rights end where my feelings begin” as the gospel truth when it is in fact nothing close to it. We have allowed ourselves to believe that our feelings are somehow more important than another’s freedom of speech. I am not sure how or when this happened but I suspect the blame falls largely on us Millennials. There is one thing that defines this generation and that is the sense of entitlement we seem to have. We have taken that sense of entitlement and managed to completely transform the act of censorship. It used to be that there were clear-cut things everyone could agree upon as being offensive but in an effort to be politically correct we can no longer agree on what is offensive because the “social activists” are now the ones who have final say in where the line is.
I often find myself trolling the comment section on articles about something someone has done that caused outcry at how insensitive it was ( it is often either racist or sexist). The reason I troll the comments section is I often find myself thinking “well that headline was definitely sensationalized because I don’t see why this is offensive” and reading the comments almost always provides the reassurance I’m sure I’ll find, that the supposedly offended group didn’t even find the act offensive in the first place.
So if the offended parties aren’t actually offended we must ask ourselves “why the controversy?”. And the answer is simple: feelings. We can’t offend the sensitive social liberals (and this is coming from one of them). The easiest example to point out is white guilt in the U.S. The liberal Caucasians are now tormented by white guilt due the actions of their ancestors that they often take offense on behalf of minority races before they can even decide if they truly are offended.
None of this would matter were it not for the fact that as a society we have become fearful of saying/doing the wrong thing because someone is bound to be upset. No one is saying everyone should do and say whatever they want. There are many things universally agreed upon that are wrong and I think most people have enough common sense to avoid those but political correctness is becoming a serious threat to freedom of speech. Brilliant minds are being silenced because they might hurt someone’s feelings. Bring back honesty, bring back freedom. That’s what I say.