At Right Argument, blogger Michael Haugen focuses on the recent hubbubs involving Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” and PR executive Justin Sacco:
It might well be me (I am younger so forgive any youthful ignorance–and correct if necessary), but does it seem that the stakes of speaking one’s two cents have evolved over the years? That we’ve perhaps traded thick skin for brittle eggshells? It feels like it. I get the since in absorbing commentary on days departed that folks then were more likely to confront opposing opinions or creeds with equally vociferous dissent, rather than mere offense. Dissent is the desired quality over offense, as at least dissent stands the chance of advancing a discussion towards a conclusion (it nary matters which conclusion). Offense, however, spells the end of the talk as the aggrieved party is now focused not on the merits of the point of contention, but how it makes them feel. Many an argument has died on that alter of political correctness.