This article was written by Heather Newton to address the issue(s) of music censorship. Newton shares a neutral point of view, meaning her standpoint does not favor pro-censorship or anti-censorship. She mentions her concern within freedom of expression and how it related to music censorship. “Since music censorship raises issues related to fundamental liberties and government intrusion, any efforts to quell musical expression are viewed by critics as being suspect and incompatible with civil liberties in the US.” Her intentions with this statement clearly represent her thoughts about our freedom guaranteed in the first amendment. Censorship is basically the prohibition of explicit content on any form of public material that can be viewed by all audiences. Whether it is lyrics to a vulgar song, the details in an album cover, or just the title to what people may call, “today’s hit”, these topics can be noticed as “explicit” issues. The media plays a huge role in determining what songs should be censored. In doing so, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), an agency directed by Congress that regulates forms of media, chooses which material must be “censored”. Newton states that in order to comply with the standards of the FCC, songs containing “explicit” language are replaced with radio-edit versions of those specific songs. This process includes removing words completely from the song or replacing the words with similar sounding words or sound effects. This association makes a great statement across the music industry, even though not everyone will agree. I personally feel people have the right to express themselves freely, because it is up to everyone else whether they listen to the song or change the station. Since a young adult I am willing to expose myself to the diversities uncensored music and what it has to offer. Perhaps in the future my preferences may change, but at this moment I feel that expression is the primary source contributing to...
The Destruction of Free Speech In Music
On January 7th, 1957, producers of the Ed Sullivan Show instructed cameramen to show Elvis Presley only from the waist up because many viewers felt his dancing was obscene. Elvis Presley’s dance moves were sexually suggestive and he even got the nickname Elvis the Pelvis. The king of Rock n Roll would dance around the stage swinging his hips and thrusting his waist to the music. This made all the girls go wild for him but many found his dancing to be offensive and too much. Throughout history there have been people who oppose artists’ viewpoints, how these artists choose to express themselves. Musiccensorship restricts artists and not letting them express themselves through their music is wrong Musiccensorship is wrong because it damages the entire art world by limiting the ability of artists to express their viewpoints. Artist should be protected by the first amendment along with the rest of the U.S. citizens. Musiccensorship should not be accepted by the public and allowed to destroy this country’s freedom and the artist’s freedom.
“All censorship exists to prevent one from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently the first...
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Boris Opening Statement- Censorship in music is a topic that has brought about much controversy in the past two decades. There have been many different arguments on the topic, however the question still remains as if it should be censored or it should not be censored. Before you can form an opinion on this, you must hear both sides of the argument on this much-debated topic. Some people believe that music should be censored so all audiences can hear it without it containing any controversial lyrics. Others believe it should not be censored and musical artists should be able to speak, sing, rap, or rhyme freely without anyone censoring them. Preventing speech is a clear violation of the First Amendment. When you really think about it, it is a violation of the First Amendment, which says: "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech or of the press". The First Amendment guarantees the right to freedom of speech, and censorship is violating peoples' rights to say whatever they want to say. It is sometimes difficult to understand when a child gets punished for using foul language meanwhile the child's parents have the right to criticize and petition the government whenever they feel the need to do so. Many musical artists feel that when they are forced to change lyrics their rights are being violated. In some artists' songs they like to express their feelings towards...
...FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS
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Right to freedom of expression – one of the most important rights for free people everywhere.
The First Amendment of the United States Constitution
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress grievances.”
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Obscene Speech relevant to Defamation information technology Incitement of Panic Incitement to Crime “Fighting Words” Sedition (incitement of discontent or rebellion against a government)
v. California – the Supreme Court case that established a test to determine if material is obscene and therefore not protected by the First Amendment.
conducted a mass mailing campaign to advertise the sale of adult material. Miller’s conviction was specifically based on his conduct in causing five unsolicited advertising brochures to be sent through the mail.
to Determine that Speech is Obscene and is not Protected Under the First Amendment
Would the average person, applying contemporary community...
...Censorship in music is a topic that has brought about much controversy in the past two decades. There have been many different arguments on the topic, however the question still remains as if it should be censored or it should not be censored.
<br>Before you can form an opinion on this, you must hear both sides of the argument on this much-debated topic. Some people believe that music should be censored so all audiences can hear it without it containing any controversial lyrics. Others believe it should not be censored and musical artists should be able to speak, sing, rap, or rhyme freely without anyone censoring them.
<br>"Whether a person finds a work obscene depends largely on his or her moral or religious beliefs. These views change with each generation and further complicate the censorship dilemma." (Censorship by, Bradley Steffens page 97)
<br>The quote above is very true. Religious or moral beliefs have a great influence on how a person feels about censorship, and as generations pass on the common beliefs on it may change. Right now, America is more uncensored than ever. However, things were very different a few generations ago.
<br>Some people believe music should be censored. They believe some of the language musical artists use is vulgar, obscene, and crude. Also the fact that music is played on medias such as radio...
...Should Music be Censored?
Once people hear about the United States they automatically relate the country to the word "freedom." Little do they know that this country has many similarities to countries where censorship plays a major role in their daily lives, due to their government. One of the major issues that involve censorship within the United States is the question whether or not music should be censored; and how will parents or the government decide at what age it is appropriate to allow children to listen to music pertaining profanity? There are two sides to this issue; there are people who are for and there are those who are against censorship in music. At what point does action transcend from a matter of consumer choice to the matter of censorship? I think that the government and parents should not refrain their children from listening to different kinds of music, because once they do that, they deprive their children from knowing what's happening in our society.
People that are for the issue of censorship are usually from the older generation. These people consist of government officials that have children of their own. They believe that music pertaining profanity is one of the main factors for the problems that occur in our society. Such problems consist of an increase in violence and drug...
October 9, 2007
I enjoy and love music very much. I feel that music artists should have the right to freely express their work and I feel that I should argue about the censorship attacks on these artists. I’m tired of listening to a good song on the radio with some of the words censored. It ruins the song and I can’t stand it. Some people think that rap is a bad influence and causes the young to behave badly. But I think all this censoring has something to do with racism because it is mostly black people singing the songs. The first website list the good side and bad side of rap censorship. I think half of this site is pretty good to use for my paper. The second website has a lot of information for my readers but the author has no definite side on the issue and can’t be used to persuade my readers. The last two websites are essays about censorship and wouldn’t be good sources of information for my readers because some of the sources might not be trustable. We must stop the censoring of art and let the artists freely express their music because everyone deserves to express him or herself the way they want.
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...Censorship in music is a topic that has brought about much controversy in the past two decades. There have been many different arguments on the topic, however the question still remains as if it should be censored or it should not be censored. Before one can form an opinion on this, one must hear both sides of the argument. Some believe that music should be censored so all audiences can hear it without it containing any controversial lyrics. Others believe it should not be censored and musical artists should be able to speak, sing, rap, or rhyme freely without anyone censoring them. Music is a way to express yourself freely, and should be kept that way.
Society in general has always had its “faults and glitches, some of which were remedied, others which will never be solved.” Media, more specifically in the arts, have never been perfect and have always taken criticism throughout the history of time. In the last few decades or so though, censorship and music has gone hand in hand, one not being able to exist without the other. When a problem occurs in society where music is involved, the masses immediately look for a scapegoat in order to deter the blame from a rational explanation (Lombardi).
There are many organizations in which their primary goal is to use music as the scapegoat for society's problems. People like Tipper Gore, wife to Vice President Al Gore,...
...Censorship in Music
When listening to the radio, most people come across a song that has been changed from its original version, whether certain words are beeped out, or a string of lyrics are replaced altogether. This is censorship, and it is very common on the radio. It is also very controversial. People don’t agree what should be censored or if anything should be censored at all. However, we believe that censorship is a good thing. Censorship allows offensive music to be altered so that it is not offensive anymore. It also prevents younger children from being exposed to harsh and inappropriate content in a society where access to music is growing. The positives of censorship outweigh the negatives by far.
What is Censorship?
Censorship is the suppression of speech or other public communication that may be considered harmful or sensitive to people as determined by a government or the media. Censorship of music is when free access to musical works is banned. This censorship may come from a series of motivations such as moral, political, religious, or obscenity reasons. Musiccensorship first began in the early 1940’s when rock and R&B began to challenge traditional values. “Sex and drugs were no longer hidden and secretive but something to be exposed and...