Overton window

Free speech, politics, media

The Overton window describes the range of topics or opinions that are acceptable to talk about in  public.

What we deem “controversial” or "extreme" isn't actually extreme, it's just one end of the Overton window. Truly extreme opinions aren't shared publicly, for fear of social condemnation.

Overton window - Wikipedia
From Wikipedia

If you understand the Overton window, you understand that there exist opinions and policies that aren't talked about in the mainstream. What you hear isn't all there is.

The term originally concerned public policy but it's applicable in all matters of free speech.

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