Microsoft introduces the first ever Newspeak compliant word processor

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Microsoft introduces the first ever Newspeak compliant word processor

The title of this arti­cle was the phrase that imme­di­ately leapt to mind when
I saw the Fast Com­pany Com­pass arti­cle titled Microsoft
Word is get­ting polit­i­cally cor­rect
.

Here is how the author describes this new insid­i­ous fea­ture, which will be
included in a future release.

Microsoft will soon pre­view a ver­sion of Word that will use arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence to make your writ­ing not just gram­mat­i­cally but polit­i­cally correct.

Microsoft doesn’t call it a “polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness check,” but that’s essen­tially what it is. Not that there’s any­thing wrong with that.

Actu­ally Microsoft calls it “Ideas in Word,” which refers to a series of AI-​driven fea­tures that help you for­mat your doc­u­ment and write better.

As you can see, the author of the arti­cle has no prob­lem
with that pro­posed fea­ture. Because I
have long main­tained that Polit­i­cally Cor­rect is a vile form of cen­sor­ship, I
find this new fea­ture rather outrageous.

Here is a fur­ther descrip­tion of what this new fea­ture will
do:

It might under­line places where your writ­ing exhib­ited gen­der bias. If you tend to say “mail­man” or Con­gress­man” in the generic, it might sug­gest you use “mailper­son” or “Con­gressper­son.” If you use the term “gentlemen’s agree­ment,” it may sug­gest you use “unspo­ken agree­ment” instead.

Sorry but I find this kind of gen­tle nudge to be a sub­tle
form of bul­ly­ing, forc­ing every­one into fol­low­ing just one polit­i­cal and
cul­tural ide­ol­ogy. As you can see from the
next quote, this new fea­ture is all about nudg­ing us into
fol­low­ing one ideology.

The “inclu­sive­ness” checks are part of a larger group of “Refine My Writ­ing” tools that also include clar­ity, con­cise­ness, punc­tu­a­tion, and “sen­si­tive geopo­lit­i­cal terms.” For that last one, the AI’s mod­els look for phrases that may be hard to under­stand by, or that might be offen­sive to, some­one in another coun­try or culture.

From this next quote you can see that this fea­ture will be optional when first released. Incre­men­tal­ism is a key strat­egy of the polit­i­cal left. How long before this fea­ture can­not be turned off and how long before Word will no longer allow you to pub­lish any lan­guage that could pos­si­bly offend someone?

The good news is that just as you can ask Word not to give you gram­mar sug­ges­tions, you can go into the set­tings and tell it not to mon­i­tor the cor­rect­ness or sen­si­tiv­ity of your words.

Polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness is very much a real life man­i­fes­ta­tion
of Newspeak, which was fea­tured in George Orwell’s 1984. Here are
some descrip­tions of Newspeak
from 1984 so you can see the par­al­lels your­self. I cut and pasted them from Wik­iquote because
I am a painfully slow typist.

Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to nar­row the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought­crime lit­er­ally impos­si­ble, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every con­cept that can ever be needed will be expressed by exactly one word, with its mean­ing rigidly defined and all its sub­sidiary mean­ings rubbed out and forgotten.

The process will still be con­tin­u­ing long after you and I are dead. Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of con­scious­ness always a lit­tle smaller. Even now, of course, there’s no rea­son or excuse for com­mit­ting thought­crime. It’s merely a ques­tion of self-​discipline, reality-​control. But in the end there won’t be any need even for that.

How could you have a slo­gan like “free­dom is slav­ery” when the con­cept of free­dom has been abol­ished? The whole cli­mate of thought will be dif­fer­ent. In fact there will be no thought, as we under­stand it now. Ortho­doxy means not think­ing — not need­ing to think. Ortho­doxy is unconsciousness.

Like Newspeak, polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness is all about polit­i­cal
con­trol. Far too often ideas and ideals
of the those who stand firmly for indi­vid­ual free­dom, indi­vid­ual lib­erty, free
mar­ket eco­nom­ics, and Chris­t­ian beliefs have been labeled offen­sive and
banned. How long before Word becomes a
tool to imple­ment this censorship?

The title of this article was the phrase that immediately leapt to mind when I saw the Fast Company Compass article titled Microsoft Word is getting politically correct.

Here is how the author describes this new insidious feature, which will be included in a future release.

Microsoft will soon preview a version of Word that will use artificial intelligence to make your writing not just grammatically but politically correct.

Microsoft doesn’t call it a “political correctness check,” but that’s essentially what it is. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Actually Microsoft calls it “Ideas in Word,” which refers to a series of AI-driven features that help you format your document and write better.

As you can see, the author of the article has no problem with that proposed feature.  Because I have long maintained that Politically Correct is a vile form of censorship, I find this new feature rather outrageous. 

Here is a further description of what this new feature will do:

It might underline places where your writing exhibited gender bias. If you tend to say “mailman” or Congressman” in the generic, it might suggest you use “mailperson” or “Congressperson.” If you use the term “gentlemen’s agreement,” it may suggest you use “unspoken agreement” instead.

Sorry but I find this kind of gentle nudge to be a subtle form of bullying, forcing everyone into following just one political and cultural ideology.  As you can see from the next  quote,  this new feature is all about nudging us into following one ideology.

The “inclusiveness” checks are part of a larger group of “Refine My Writing” tools that also include clarity, conciseness, punctuation, and “sensitive geopolitical terms.” For that last one, the AI’s models look for phrases that may be hard to understand by, or that might be offensive to, someone in another country or culture.

From this next quote you can see that this feature will be optional when first released.   Incrementalism is a key strategy of the political left.  How long before this feature cannot be turned off and how long before Word will no longer allow you to publish any language that could possibly offend someone?

The good news is that just as you can ask Word not to give you grammar suggestions, you can go into the settings and tell it not to monitor the correctness or sensitivity of your words.

Political correctness is very much a real life manifestation of Newspeak, which was featured in George Orwell’s 1984.  Here are  some descriptions of  Newspeak from 1984 so you can see the parallels yourself.  I cut and pasted them from Wikiquote because I am a painfully slow typist. 

Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten.

The process will still be continuing long after you and I are dead. Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller. Even now, of course, there’s no reason or excuse for committing thoughtcrime. It’s merely a question of self-discipline, reality-control. But in the end there won’t be any need even for that.

How could you have a slogan like “freedom is slavery” when the concept of freedom has been abolished? The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinking — not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.

Like Newspeak, political correctness is all about political control.  Far too often ideas and ideals of the those who stand firmly for individual freedom, individual liberty, free market economics, and Christian beliefs have been labeled offensive and banned.   How long before Word becomes a tool to implement this censorship?