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[–] WhoFramedReaderRabit 0 points 105 points (+105|-0) ago 

I don't think it's just colleges, it rapidly becoming all of society. We're living in an increasingly Politically Correct world.

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[–] CrypticMetaphr 1 points 27 points (+28|-1) ago 

I totally agree that this is a general phenomenon and not isolated to colleges. You can see it happening anywhere you have aggregates of people with opinions. For whatever reason, the middle ground is never good enough for either extreme, and gets attacked until it either becomes more extreme or disappears. You see it on reddit, any comment section, and hell, even in US politics. Compromise and middle ground are dirty words, and to concede any points is seen as weakness. Maybe there's just something about people that makes them tend to polarize, maybe its the result of our society. I tend to think that its easier for people to come together under strong, absolute ideologies, and they push the extremes because you all agree by default, and can circlejerk your way into feeling socially accepted. The internet really facilitates this, and so those strong social pressures to fit in and be a part of a group result in the mess we're in now.

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[–] garbagehat 0 points 16 points (+16|-0) ago 

Everyone feels their own life is somehow more important than learning or understanding. When I read articles or actually overhear people talking about how something should be banned, or needs a trigger warning, I feel like society is headed in the wrong direction. People should be open to new experiences and chalk them up to learning if they don't like something, but it's easier for them to put in no effort or thought, say something is offensive or out of line with how they feel and move on. To me, this kind of mentality isn't just stifling our society, it's ruining perfectly reasonable aspects of free thought and exchange of ideas.

I don't care if you disagree with something I say, but you should consider it, if only for a little. For every point has a counter-point, so will people feel compelled to pick sides.

Though the Internet shows us that it does easily facilitate this, is also does have areas of openness and discussion. It's all a cluster of good and bad. People need to sort through it for themselves, but part of me wishes more were open-minded.

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[–] Mr_Lovette 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

I would place the internet as the majority reason as to why this is happening too.

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[–] Meatshield 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I actually tend to point to the ability for people to isolate themselves into echo chambers than can exacerbate their leanings one way or another. Most people don't actually fall into nice neat buckets of "Conservative" or "Liberal", but when all you see, hear, and talk about leans that way, you just think that's the norm. Unfortunately we have the Internet to thank for that, since you can just go on sites that have communities that support your viewpoint.

Add to that the way we treat people who are "different", and it looks more like warfare than discussion. One of the first things you do in warfare is dehumanize the opposition, which is why you hear rhetoric like "Conservatives are moronic, brainwashed sheeple" or "people who practice abortions are monsters". It's subtle, but say it enough and people begin to believe it.

Now, all of that vitriol isn't stuff we want to actually spill over into our public lives (for most of us, some people naturally thrive on the drama), so the PC movement was really about us coming to an agreement to speak civilly in the real world, while we sling mud digitally. Then, since we are in a war after all, it got corrupted to mean you can't offend anyone or do anything in the least bit "threatening".

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[–] TriumphantDefeat 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

I wholeheartedly agree and it's very saddening. We're at a point when we have to use the relative anonymity of sites like Voat and reddit to express opinions that would otherwise get us in big trouble. I'm not even talking about controversial or outlandish opinions or polemic. I'm talking about educated opinions or opinions with good footing based on observations (and sometimes even hard data). If you aren't compliant with the expected way to write things or how you address someone, you are likely to be bullied, shamed, called all sorts insane things, accused of <insert social injustice name>. They know it's speech and thought suppression and they are happy to throw their collective weight around to get their way and force everyone into compliance with their world view.

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[–] Biplane 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Not starting anything but no one is giving examples of ideals they feel are surpressed. Id like to educate myself on all kinds of opinions.

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[–] mrskeletaldootdoot [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Chris rock mentioned that about performing at colleges

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[–] mrskeletaldootdoot [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Has it always been this way? Or has there been a period of time in history where things have taken a similar turn?