“Political correctness” wouldn’t get nearly as bad a rap if actually was about treating people with respect, rather than as children not able to make their own judgements.
You write: “Comedy that “punches down” is simply going out of vogue.”
Maybe… But does Chris Rock’s comedy punch down? I don’t think so. But he won’t play US colleges any more because they are so quick to judge humour as “problematic”.
I agree with much of what you say, but I‘ve seen political correctness used to discriminate against former muslims speaking against radical islam; and against people in “t” communities for being the wrong kind of trans; and that any speech that makes the hearer feel uncomfortable should be shouted down.
I’d hope we can agree that is “problematic…”!