Communicating across cultures

Up until now I’ve been writing extensively about communicating across cultures, but almost purely from the business benefit point of view. I just came across this article written by Umberto Eco titled Silence Is a Decree All Should Fear , here’s a snippet and a summary.

This is what we are faced with: people fear speaking out. These
taboos cannot all be ascribed to Muslim fundamentalists, but have
their roots in the Western world’s ideology of political
correctness, originally inspired by the need for people to respect
each other in a multiracial society where minorities were fighting
discrimination. The concept has become entrenched to the point of
absurdity, and has even made it impossible for people to tell
certain jokes. And I don’t just mean jokes about Jews, Muslims and
the disabled, but about Scots, Poles, blondes, firemen and street

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