I mean being politically correct isn’t a bad thing in itself. Most anything can be taken too far, including the hatred of being politically correct. For reasons theoretical and practical, you shouldn’t always say what’s on your mind.
Words have implications that most people in your culture understand. Calling me black, African-American, or a slur all mean different things. The implications don’t vary that much from person to person. Such is why we can talk to other people who speak English in the US. “African-American” is more accurate in ways than “black,” but I personally prefer “black” because it’s a simpler way of identifying me by race/how I look (besides, I’m hardly African-anything at this point). Calling me a slur for a black person means you’re trying to be offensive. There’s no reason to use it unless you’re trying to start trouble.
The considerations above all revolve around political correctness. I think you know this. But just because it dampens the mood or ruins fun doesn’t mean it should be ignored, and it certainly doesn’t mean it should be criticized.
As for the user, I think it was obvious that the user was either a troll or had no intentions of having a civil discourse on the matter, so being politically correct wasn’t even the point. They were just trying to stir up trouble. Calling them such words and using such language is exactly what they wanted in either case.
- For one, you’re calling a supposed woman a slur (i.e., twat). You’ve basically set the foundation for their “argument.”
- Second, if they’re just trolling, using the f-bomb as an adjective or adverb almost always means somebody’s jimmies have been set to over-rustle.
- Third, you’re setting the tone that no one can ever strongly disagree with your stance. They deserved all of the downvotes they got, because they were outside of forum protocol (which isn’t too strict here anyway.)
I’ve been told that circlejerks are not a bad thing. I disagree, but that’s not relevant. But it is bad if you can’t accept a radically different opinion from yours. That leads to people not feeling free to give their opinion, and it leads to not really having any interesting conversation. According to your response, you didn’t get upset because they broke rules. You got seriously rustled, because you disagreed with their stance.
You never go overrustle on the Internet.
- Fourth, there are too many moderators who frequent this thread to let them continue those sorts of posts. We could just as easily delete the post and suspend the user, but I don’t like to use powers unless I have to. I simply have faith that users will ignore the problematic user, perhaps throw in a quick, light-hearted jab, and continue as if nothing happened.
@xTSGx, BSOD to a lesser extent
Feeling Pinkie Keen is one of my favorite episodes.
First off, I never thought I liked slapstick, but maybe I liked it, because it happened to the protagonist as opposed to Spike.
Second, I just found it to be a simple, fun episode. I like it for the same reasons I like (read as “Love”) Spike at Your Service. The morals are nice, but I don’t care if the morals don’t make sense (Feeling Pinkie Keen) or if the continuity is loose (Spike goes from nearly adult-like in competency in just about everything to ruining Applejack’s life by helping her.)
But it was also the episode (or contained the clip) that made me objectively interested in the show and the fandom. Derpy, a brony-grown character, was pretty much given her own clip in a show for little girls. That made me wonder just how much the creators and staff loved the periphery fanbase just as much as the periphery fanbase loved the show.
It wasn’t a sort of interaction I had seen before (although, I don’t watch much TV and certainly not children directed towards little girls.) It was too interesting to not look at further.
So yes, Derpy is the reason why I’m here busting your chops on half of the posts you guys make.