Today there is much controversy over whether there should or shouldn't be censorship of the media. Censorship should not be imposed on citizens by the government or other agencies; adults have a right to view or listen to what they choose. Additionally, if children's media is censored, parents are the ones to monitor and regulate it. Parents should monitor children's viewing of television and also what they hear on the radio, CD's, and tapes.
Censorship includes the examination and blocking of books, periodicals, plays, films, television and radio programs, news reports, and other communication media that is shown to, or available, to the public. Media censorship is sometimes put into place because content is immoral or obscene, heretical or blasphemous, seditious or treasonable, or injurious to the national security. It is supposedly is used for the protection of the family, the church, and the state. Additionally some religious groups, opposed to the violence shown in different types of media, say censorship works. However, still more that believe in civil rights believe that it is an unnecessary violation of the right to freedom of speech for all humans.
Censorship of the media for children is necessary, but should not be handled by government or other groups. Instead it should be directed and controlled by parents with or without children. Censorship for children is necessary because the average American view's 100,000 acts of violence on TV before reaching the age of thirteen. Many of the violent acts are presented news stations which are stations parents or adults watch to find out information about weather, and road conditions, or anything that can help with daily life. If the government were to bring censorship to these stations adults would not see the news reports in their area or around the world. For this to be avoided, the government must leave censorship to parents.
To facilitate parent's exercise of viewing...
...Is Censorship Needed?
Freedom of speech has always been in the news headlines as a major controversial issue. The debate on whether or not speech should be censored is the huge question that is currently being discussed. There are two sides to this argument; those who believe that people should have limitless rights to freedom of speech, and then there’s the other side of the argument where people strongly believe in limiting people’s rights to speech. It is with great difficulty that our society actually comes to a conclusion. In addition, each side has persuasive and factual points that support their argument. Discovering the argument that would have the most beneficial and lasting outcome would, in all, validate that author’s initial claim.
All throughout history, a majority of problems trace back to one notorious instigator: personal expression without limits. It is evident that when people are free to exercise their rights to expression, a majority of the situations escalade into a much bigger affair. Moreover, a repetition of such events will likely lead to an imbalance in society. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits the creation of any laws that abridge the freedom of speech. However, many people do not recognize the prevailing power of the Congress and its authority to enforce or limit laws, without its actual presence in the Constitution.
Just because people are given the right to freedom of speech, does not mean citizens...
...A Look at the Arguments for and Against Censorship
“Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press” (Roleff, Barbour, and Szumski 5). Controversy surrounds the topic of censorship. Americans generally believe in the freedom of speech and expression, but some citizens of the liberal USA support censorship. Globally speaking, censorship is not really a topic of discussion, it just exists. Librarians have struggled with censorship over the years and the development of new technology and communication has made the predicament even worse. The situation with censorship is akin to walking a desert filled with land mines; at any moment any idea or opinion once held near and dear may end up blown to smithereens. In a world where censorship is examined the lines between black and white begin to haze and everything turns into ten shades of gray.
When proposing the topic of censorship a direct definition of the word becomes essential. Censorship is “the regulation or suppression of writing or speech that is considered harmful to the common good or a threat to national security” (“Censorship” par.1). The ambiguity of this definition as well as numerous other definitions pose as a serious dilemma for law making officials. This ambiguity allows for many different analyses in which proponents use to their...
...Censorship is the act or practice of suppressing the speech or public communication which is considered objectionable, harmful and sensitive, by a government, media outlet or other controlling bodies. This public content is censored for many reasons that the active bodies believe are immoral. Some reasons include: controlling obscenities, pornography, hate speeches, protecting young children, to promote or restrict political or religious views or even to protect the national security of a country.
Types of Censorship:
Almost everything at some point could be placed underneath a category of censorship. Depending on where people are located and who or what is going on in your nation or even community, your public media on the television, Internet, radio, music, movies and books could be censored. There are dozens of different forms of censorship implemented everyday, including all the following:
Moral Censorship- the removal of materials that is considered obscene or morally unacceptable. For example, pornography is usually censored from the public and even prosecuted if it involves young minors.
Political Censorship- This is a form of censorship by the government that occurs when information is withhold from their citizens, mostly used to prevent hateful expressions.
Book Censorship- The censorship of novels is...
...who take it upon themselves to incessantly scrutinize and block that which doesn't appeal to them. Censorship in general means the suppression of speech or other public communication which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient as determined by a government, media outlet, or other controlling body. It can be done by governments and private organizations or by individuals who engage in self-censorship. It occurs in a variety of different contexts including speech, books, music, films and other arts, the press, radio, television, and the internet for a variety of reasons including national security, to control obscenity, child pornography, and hate speech, to protect children, to promote or restrict political or religious views, to prevent slander and libel, and to protect intellectual property. It may or may not be legal. Many countries provide strong protections against censorship by law, but none of these protections are absolute and it is frequently necessary to balance conflicting rights in order to determine what can and cannot be censored. In this present era, censorship in America has become a topic of much debate. In my opinion, I feel that censorship should be practiced with whatever issues or materials they announce to the public.
One of the common censorship disputes in America occurs within the news and media. Being in...
...discuss the arguments for the need for censorship in a society. Firstly, it argues that censorship maintains security by providing people with privacy and protects them against illegal material. The essay moves on to discuss social aspects that censorship benefits to a society, such as maintaining the culture of a society and conserving religious values. Finally, the essay claims that politics has need for censorship as it protects the innocence of members in a society and prevents public outbursts. The essay will conclude by explaining the importance of having censorship in societies, especially in modern societies.
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Arguments for the need for censorship in society
There is an importance, especially in modern societies, for the need of supervision and control of information and ideas that should or should not be made available to the public. One way in which information can be supervised and controlled is by censorship. In a society there can be arguments both for and against the need for censorship. Although most people believe in the importance of freedom of speech, there is also an importance to understand the advantages of having control of what is being said of written in a society. The arguments for the need of censorship in a society are mainly the...
...Essay July 5 2013
Mediacensorship in Egypt
Censorship is the suppression of something that may considered as inappropriate or unmoral. Governments especially in undemocratic countries use mediacensorship for its own benefit and for political censorship. Political censorship is that government hides information from the citizens because they do not want the diffusion of different point of views and voices. Censorship has its advantages and disadvantages like everything in our life but if its purpose is to maintain the morality. However, political censorship is not done to maintain morality, rather politicians use it to stifle dissenting voices. Censorship prevents the marketplace of ideas and the freedom of expressions which are the main characteristics of a democratic country. Any kind of censorship paralysis the progress of a country. As was mentioned in history, all the countries who practice censorships are authoritarian countries such as Egypt, Lybia and Saudi Arabia or communist such as china for example.
First of all, censorship can be one of the main reasons of the revolutions in Egypt because censorships mean the start of a dictatorship. Censorship’s main role in Egypt was giving all the authority to the president and its party so they can control everything.Media...
What is censorship? Many have asked this question and it seems to be a controlled idea or form of sorts of information within a society. Censorship has been a staple of many countries throughout history, especially United States. Through the inspection of art, books, films, radio, music and television programs and news reports for the purpose of suppressing or altering ideas found to be offensive or objectionable that is howcensorship is controlled. Normally, art is just viewed as sculpture or paintings, but, on a larger scale, art is also music and literature. A major issue in the United States is censorship, and we need to take notice right away.
How did the arts censorship issues in the United States come about? It is very vital to note that censorship had nothing to do with the artists themselves. Rather it was a religious, class, moral and political clash. The simple issue was whether government funds should be allowed for works of art that some people find offensive or objectionable. Any federal program will end up with the lowest common denominator test for public support if one gives a veto right in a society like ours. It is very hard to imagine anything that would not offend someone in a diverse society like ours.
The United States government should not just deem selected art necessary and support it by its funds; it should in fact fund it all. If...
...Censorship of Literature on Students
“The child who is taught nothing of his or her country’s cultural, political, and intellectual heritage must be pitied as much as the child who is compelled to conform on all respects to conventional wisdom” (Riechman 5). Throughout the centuries, literature has been censored because it has been accused of being inappropriate or promoting religious or racial ideals. Parents, school districts, and school board members believe that these subjects shouldn’t be taught to students in junior high or high school for the reason that they see students as children that do not need to be informed of such matters; however, this course of action has limited the ability of students to learn from and form opinions on texts. Censorship of literature in schools effects how students will learn in college and in everyday life, limits their exposure to different types and styles of writing, and is a violation of the United States Constitution.
If certain pieces of literature are banned or censored in schools, it will hinder the students’ ability to use the knowledge from those texts in college. Some might say that these restricted works or books with similar ideas and themes might be read in college. Although it may be true, colleges expect their students to be familiar with controversial texts, such as The Scarlet Letter, or their themes. If books are not available to students in high school, it creates obstacles that...