Modern Educayshun

This 2015 video, Modern Educayshun, written and directed by Neel Kolhatkar, tries to make us aware of the “potential dangers of a hypersensitive culture bred by social media and political correctness” (Kolhatkar).

In nowadays society, there are many people, who call themselves Social Justice Warriors, (SJWs), that exacerbate the problem by dehumanizing anyone who uses words that might offend any group of minority people. To make the matter worse, the media disseminates this ideology toward every corner of the country, leading to the formation of Political Correctness, or the fear and avoidance of using any potential words or methods that might offend someone. Modern Educayshun indirectly criticizes this extremeness through a scary yet funny paradoxical presentation that uses satire imagery and speeches.

In the words of George Carlin, “political correctness is America’s newest form of intolerance, and it is especially pernicious because it comes disguised as tolerance”. The movie did a great job in exposing these disguises by creating an extreme yet honest scenario, where everyone speaks and conveys their thoughts and feelings on their beliefs. These radical thoughts and feelings are then heightened through conflictions, which in turn, explodes into radical and irrational actions. Even so, all these thoughts, emotions, and actions are ignored and nullified by the SJWs as woman says: “Ignore that. It will end.”

This statement is a metaphor that that woman uses for glorifying their objectives while disregarding other opinions. The first part of the statement “ignore that” refers to the man-in-the-box, which is a metaphor for the nonconformists. Instead of listening and reflecting on the man’s idea civically, the SJWs ignore every comment that he made while sticking tightly onto their selfish ideology of justice. Thus, there is no true conversation in the first place, only negligence and ignorance. Then the woman states “it will end” indicating the end of all nonconformists and the beginning of the new world. The two terms pair well together because there is no need to pay attention to what is about to disappear.

[Abstract from RCL-Penn State University]


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