“Jokes about socially unacceptable things aren’t just “jokes.” They [normalise] that unacceptable thing, [telling] the people who agree with you that, yes, this is an okay thing to talk about.”
We see it too often online, and more than we’d like to offline too: this idea that “I’m entitled to my opinion” means something more than merely being entitled to express an opinion one holds – that somehow all opinions are equally entitled to respect from other people, or that all opinions are equally entitled to be treated seriously.
Patrick’s post lays out why this frequently whimpered whine is nonsense.
Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.
Language is a weapon used to make ‘others’ of people in poverty.
I may have contributed to a new term for a rhetorical ploy we see more and more. Here’s how it happened – I’m rather proud of this coinage, but wonder whether we may be reinventing the fallacious wheel. Is there an already apt term in rhetorical jargon?
If “Everyone’s entitled to their opinion” just means no-one has the right to stop people thinking and saying whatever they want, then the statement is true, but fairly trivial. But…
Here’s an example of the word salad involved:
It would be nice to think that there weren’t still ignorant twerps repeating the idea that the lawsuit was unfounded/frivolous/a grave miscarriage against a poor defenceless megacorporation/harrumph/wharrgarbl, but sadly there still are.
…that one can only manage to get one’s views published in the opinion pages of a national broadsheet, one knows that the nation is in a parlous state of enforced conformity indeed.
So it’s said, by nong after dreary nong around the interwebs. It’s just that one string of 140 characters, that’s it!