Sultan Knish explains
The less you think, the safer you are. In a politically correct society, every idea is potentially “problematic”. The safest attitude is to pass on approved ideas in exactly the terms which they were uttered. Any independent thinking or deviation even in support of the cause is dangerous. It may be “Problematic”. It may be “Doubleplusungood Crimethink”. It’s safer just to retweet. To express ambiguous outrage and support for whatever is on the timeline Telescreen. To just appear to be part of the collective “outrage of the internet”, to shame someone else for Social Justice Crimethink.
Instead of being shamed yourself for some problematic social justice offense.
Orwell’s 1984 envisioned the Telescreen as a Panopticon erasing the privacy of the home.
“There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork.” But social media and social justice warriors make for a much more efficient erasure of not only personal space, but mental space.
Thought Policing is the goal of Political Correctness. Crowdsourcing it makes it possible for a small number of angry activists and their amateur imitators to terrorize a large population.
To totally control the individual, it is necessary to completely eliminate his personal spaces, his capacity for authenticity and individuality. In such an environment, every man becomes a convict, a prisoner of a social collective, a drone in a hive and a cringing beast in a frightened herd.