Jul 27, 2017

Razer: ‘political correctness’ is a lie used to inflame Millennial-boomer warfare

“Political correctness” has begun to signify very little. It can now mean almost any cultural change to which one objects.

Helen Razer — Writer and broadcaster

Helen Razer

Writer and broadcaster

Yesterday in Australia, the sun turned up for morning coffee and left in time for dinner. And then, the nation saw display of another reliable comfort: older people and younger people tend to have slightly different social attitudes. Well, call the Neolithic Times and give them this newsy news. Us readers were bound to drop our beakers!

Commissioned by a seniors’ insurance provider, the CoreData market survey report Modern Australian Manners gained big headlines for a relatively small section of its inquiry. A news release headed “POLITICAL CORRECTNESS HAS GONE MAD” CLAIM AUSSIE SENIORS was just the sort of majuscule designed to get organisations like the ABC or News Corp, which shape their news for an older demographic, excited.  

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4 thoughts on “Razer: ‘political correctness’ is a lie used to inflame Millennial-boomer warfare

  1. Barbara Haan

    Are you referring to social media mainly when you say “wide media focus”? As you say, the differences between generations have been discussed throughout human history. I’m not on social media (I’m a refusnik) but there’s nothing new in the conversations started in the main news media about this is there? I’m particularly pleased by this excerpt from your article. “I know that as I age in the present, I will fail to truly grasp the pace of cultural changes and advancements. As I move toward death and away from regular social participation, I will lose my patience for the young.”

    I’m most definitely ageing and moving closer to death, but I like to think that, despite the fact that I’m most definitely a Grumpy Old Woman, I have found this to be liberating. I don’t care about being “politically correct” – in whatever iteration of that you take it to mean – whereas, I was more conscious of saying what I thought a particular person might want to hear and behaving “proper” when I was younger. I also do my best to keep up with societal changes, most definitely keep up with social interactions and am not disillusioned with the Millenials or the young in general. I think we baby boomers have left them with a much worse world than we inherited. So, thanks for making me feel better about myself. By your above definition I’m not a total loss to humanity yet!

    1. Barbara Haan

      Should probably have written I don’t care any more about being “politically incorrect”. It’s lots of fun.

  2. AR

    I hope that MzRaz eschews the Mogadon sandwiches soon.
    We haven’t had a roof removing Razor rant for ages.
    “wotta drag it is, gettin’ older”

  3. Hoojakafoopy

    The ‘controversy’ over John beret-wearing Olsen’s bitter comments on Mitch Cairn’s Archibald-winning painting illustrates this dreary phenomenon, especially as it appears in the comments after the Daily Telegraph article where I read about it. There’s a furious discussion over whether ‘feminism’ or ‘political correctness’ is to blame for the judges’ decision. Good grief..!

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