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How to avoid offending people in a transparent small sensitive world (p1) by dana-edwards

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How to avoid offending people in a transparent small sensitive world (p1)
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<h1>The use of euphemisms and platitudes in politically correct speech<br>
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<h1><img src="https://southasiaspeaks.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/govt-censorship.jpg" width="510" height="352"/></h1>
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In many debates I've had and including this debate with Onision we can see opinions differ on privacy vs transparency in relation to speech:<br>
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuXWi8OZlwI</p>
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My hypothesis is that creation of a transparent small sensitive world will result in obfuscation of offensive speech only.</strong><br>
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<p>Two obvious methods are the use of euphemisms which take some of the pain out of certain phrases or words and platitudes which allow a person to sound as if they are talking about something when in reality it's merely saying whatever a lot of people are likely to agree with.<br>
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https://youtu.be/eAE29s7uxR0<br>
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Examples of euphemisms&nbsp;</p>
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  <li>Enhanced interrogation (torture)</li>
  <li>Ethnic cleansing (genocide)</li>
  <li>Inner city/urban (black neighborhood)</li>
  <li>Traditional American (white American)</li>
  <li>Special/special needs (mentally retarded)<br>
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<p>The above are just some examples and many more probably exist. In addition to these obvious euphemisms there are coded words which have specific meanings for an esoteric group or intended audience. &nbsp;When for example the n-word becomes censored then people substitute that word for a more innocuous word.<br>
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<blockquote>A <strong>platitude</strong> is a trite, meaningless, or prosaic <a href="https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/statement">statement</a>, &nbsp;generally directed at quelling social, emotional, or cognitive unease. &nbsp;Platitudes are geared towards presenting a shallow, unifying wisdom over &nbsp;a difficult topic. However, they are too overused and general to be &nbsp;anything more than undirected statements with ultimately little &nbsp;meaningful contribution towards a solution.</blockquote>
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<h1>The function of censorship is to promote the development of esoteric speech</h1>
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<p>People often support the idea of censorship with the assumption that censorship can actually control free speech. The truth is that it is impossible to truly censor free speech and to attempt to do so is futile. What happens instead is that some of the smarter speakers learn what words to avoid (operant conditioning in effect) and are encouraged to create new innocuous sounding words in their place. I'll label for sake of this discussion these innocuous words are esoteric words but in general these words are generated specifically to beat the censors. It becomes a permanent cat and mouse race between the word generators and the word censors and since the thoughts behind the words don't change the censors are likely to always be one step behind the word generators. I see this kind of surveillance censorship at best as a way of money but at worst it can become a tool of oppression not worth it in terms of security gained in exchange for the loss of liberty.</p>
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https://youtu.be/G9n8Xp8DWf8</p>
<h1>Coded racial slurs and the racial slur database</h1>
<p><img src="http://jpegy.com/images/uploads/2016/08/Coded-Racial-Slurs.jpg"/></p>
<p>http://jpegy.com/images/uploads/2016/08/Coded-Racial-Slurs.jpg</p>
<p><img src="http://jpegy.com/images/uploads/2016/08/Coded-Racial-Slurs.jpg"/></p>
<p>Evidence for my hypothesis is the fact that there is an ever growing racial slur database and the fact that as people get fired for saying the n-word there now is a trend of coded racial slurs becoming popular on social media. In general, people are going to be people, and new words replace old words while capturing the same meaning as before.&nbsp;</p>
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<h1>Conclusion</h1>
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<p>Censorship provides the impetus for the generation of new words. It essentially promotes the evolution of communication schemes but has a negligible effect on security. It might work on children or on people who don't know the language well but in general a person who has proficiency in language can bypass any banned list of words, phrases, or expressions. The censorship we see in /r/Bitcoin will achieve absolutely nothing but to empower /r/BTC. If the members of /r/Bitcoin desired to beat the censors they easily can do so no matter what the moderators try to do which to me highlights even more the flawed approach that censorship inevitably is. I may not disagree with a lot of speech but the censorship of speech at best only allows me to cover my eyes, ears, and pretend that it isn't happening.<br>
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In a transparent small sensitive world where anything someone says can hurt the feelings of someone or some group then the patterns of speech will begin to change. We may already be seeing the beginning of this happening with the rise in popularity of coded speech but it will inevitably become more sophisticated. Bromide speech (speech which is designed to appear boring) will become popular and politically correct phrases (platitudes) will be what most of us see on social media. If the assumption is that in a small transparent world with consequences for every word that speech will become honest, I would say that assumption is likely to be wrong. It will become much more difficult or perhaps impossible to determine what a person really thinks by their speech because we will know that every person is saying what they want others to think they believe, what they want others to hear, without any regard for honest expression. Why will this be the case? Because true and honest expression is likely to be punished and the operant conditioning effect will make it so.<br>
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<p>References</p>
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1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphemism<br>
2. http://www.complex.com/life/2016/10/social-media-users-racist-slurs-code-language-avoid-social-media-censorship<br>
3. http://www.rsdb.org/</p>
<p>4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bromide_(language)<br>
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog-whistle_politics<br>
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truism<br>
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Here's my takeaway from this ... *you're Jaclyn Glenn?*
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I have totally noticed this, specifically with words pertaining to  people with mental processing related disabilities (an esoteric phrase, no doubt). I assumed the reason wasn't so much PC, but just that the word referring to such people would then get turned into an insult. So I was reading a science book written in the 1930s that referred to certain people as idiots. Well now people call anyone they want to insult an idiot. I believe the word "idiot" eventually got replaced by "retarded" or "mentally retarded." Now that word is used to insult people so it's not used anymore to describe the people with actual mental disabilities. Now people refer to such people as having "special needs." But more and more I hear people throwing out "You have special needs!" as an insult. So I'm thinking that phrase is about to be replaced with something else.
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