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John Hodgman drops serious wisdom about political correctness, privilege, and the internet

New York magazine on Tuesday published a piece by Jonathan Chait decrying a return of what he describes as politically correct culture. The article focuses on how "radical members of the left" supposedly police speech on the internet that's insensitive to some groups, particularly minorities and women.

In a long, thoughtful response on Twitter, comedian John Hodgman said he hasn't felt censored by the "political correctness" Chait attacks; instead, the comedian argued it's kept his sense of privilege in check. Read the full Twitter essay by Hodgman:

(Tweet #7 either never existed or was deleted.)

Hodgman and Chait continued their discussion on Twitter, in which Hodgman apologized for suggesting Chait took a position on #GamerGate (he didn't).

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