Thursday, August 26, 2004

Harassment in the workplace
Harassment by political correctness, that is. My main job is blessedly un-corporate but recently the company had everybody take a 30-minute computer quiz on 'tolerance' and sexual harassment, a predictable mix of well-intended common sense and charity and PC rubbish favouring certain groups à la racialist affirmative action. I'd say about 75% of the time common sense/charity gave me the 'right' answer; the rest of the time I had to override that and tell the quizzers what they wanted to hear. The most chillingly Orwellian/Soviet part is when the site tells you that pointing out that there are protected classes and that people are being favoured because of that are verboten (запретный in Sov-speak).

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