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Language Issues in Public Discourse
Journalism & Communication
Pages 11 (2761 words)
According to the paper the use of modern English and language generally, is influenced by trends within a modern and constantly changing world. As communication media change, influenced by technology, it is clear that the use of language, its structure and its meanings do adapt and become more appropriate to the context it is found in. …
This paper approves that this kind of language usage presupposes that a certain group, and the individuals within that group, will be offended on some level by the use of particular words or phrasing of language. Very clearly, language which could be defined as politically correct (or by implication as politically incorrect) is tied to the social, cultural and especially political changes occurring in societies around the world. A democratic, and human rights culture is being adopted by more and more cultures and societies across the world, and English does reflect the thinking that goes along with such political and philosophical change.
Changing language and its use in this way is an attempt to remove all evidence of bias from the language, so as not to offend anyone.
This essay makes a conclusion that in the English speaking world, the print media and increasingly electronic media shape public discourse, and the responsibility for the formation of individuals’ and group attitudes can be placed firmly with the media. When politicians speak, when celebrities speak, even when the victims of disaster speak, the media communicates their messages to the public in pre-deigned, calculated ways. It is essential that the full meaning of such communication is understood.
If the world is to become a better, more humane place, and individuals are to become better, more humane individuals, then understanding public discourse is vital. ...
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