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?