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A Look at the Arguments for and Against Censorship - Findings “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. Internationally 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....   [tags: Censorship]
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The Effect Censorship has on Art - Though out history artist have rejected any forms of censorship. Governments have had to enforce censorship laws for the sake of public safety. As well, as to maintain control of society and to uphold the moral and ethical values that the populous demands. Whether you are for or against censorship in art, it serves a useful purpose in moderation, but it can be taken to extremes. Whether it’s a fascist government or a extremist religious organization it is easy for a controversial law to be twisted in order to grab and maintain absolute power over the masses....   [tags: Censorship]
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The Pros and Cons of Censorship - Remember the day when you could say anything you wanted without worrying about someone telling you, “That’s not correct”or “don’t say that.” Yes. Everybody does. Many long to live in that era once more; they long to be able to speak their mind in public without anyone thinking they are weird or crazy. Lately it seems as though you have to retain your thoughts inside your mind and not say anything. Many college campuses and websites have started to establish rules which prevent people from saying what’s on their mind and writing or saying something which may harm others....   [tags: Censorship,] 628 words
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Censorship in Cuba - The Republic of Cuba is an island in the Caribbean, located between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean (CIA, 2009). Among many facts about Cuba, such as the militaristic regime, communism, Fidel Castro, cigars, etc, with which Cuba can be associated, there are a prominent historical issue that puts the country in a negative leading position in the world. Such issue is censorship. In that regard, this paper analyzes the issue of censorship in Cuba, specifically addressing the era of electronic expression and the recent trends for change....   [tags: Censorship] 597 words
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Censorship in China - The Freedom of Speech is granted to every American citizen and has been since it was founded in 1776; however, not every nation grants that right. China, as a communist nation, retains most individual freedom rights from its citizens. Although in the Peoples Republic of China’s (PRC) 1982 constitution, people are guaranteed Freedom of Expression and Press; it is often violated by the current corrupt government. The government demands the news to be 80% positive and 20% negative, altering the facts n occasion....   [tags: Censorship] 965 words
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Censorship and Political Misinformation - Introduction In 1944, after the Red Army invaded Poland and imposed the communist system upon it, large groups of Polish society resisted the attempts at social conversion inspired by Marxist ideologies and Soviet example. Many social echelons were effected by the new social engineering which included, "expropriations, ideological and organizational unification, and party and state control over social, political, and economic life." (Karpinski. 1997). Writers, artists and educators had success bypassing such strict censorship and were able to deliver their messages to the public, teaching values different than the ones officially approved by their government....   [tags: Censorship]
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Censorship in American Literature - Censorship has been a big part of the world’s history and especially America’s history. One of the most quoted amendments to the United States constitution is the first amendment; “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press ...” This amendment guaranteeing free speech, press, and religion is still heavily debated and contested today. Censorship, as a challenge to free speech and press has been allowed many times and has been heavily debated itself. Many people censor for many different reasons and in many different forms....   [tags: Censorship]
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Internet Censorship: Censoring Freedom - With today’s technology, communication and information can travel across the world in a matter of seconds. Ever since the internet was first made publically available in 1991 the ease of accessing entertainment, education, and information has been increasing every year. We now live in an age where roughly 30% of all people in the entire world are connected to the web ("World Internet Usage Statistics New and World Population Stats"). However, despite the obvious advantages of the internet’s freedom, some countries are trying to control the internet and display what it deems appropriate for the public eye....   [tags: Censorship]
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Censorship: Simply Not Enough - Not too long ago, an evening television program caught mine and my daughter’s attention. It was a cute family comedy verging close to her bedtime. I was relaxed as we spent some quality time together, and out of nowhere I felt as if I had been punched in the face when a curse word came out of the so-called 15 year old actor’s mouth. Playing it cool, I glanced down at my young daughter who did not even flinch. I thought to myself, when were those words allowed to be uttered on television. Even worse, was my daughter’s reaction, or in this case non-reaction, because of desensitization or did she simply not hear it....   [tags: Censorship]
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Internet Censorship: How it effects education - Internet Censorship: How it effects education How does Internet censorship effect education. That is the question that needs to be answered. Censorship cannot be completely done away with in schools, society, and the law would simply not allow it. The internet also cannot be completely censored, because the technology for that simply does not exist. People have various stances on this issue and they can be split up into four general groups: The Government, parents, students, and teachers. They all have different views on the issue, although who is right or wrong has not yet been decided....   [tags: Censorship]
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Censorship or Responsibility: Which is the Lesser of Two Evils? - What If the entertainment that people indulged in was suddenly taken away in a flash and replaced by what the government believes is more appropriate. Government censorship is a hot topic that has surfaced once again. Many citizens of the country believe that the government should get involved in the censoring of video games, because many crimes committed by youths have been linked to violent video games, or so it seems. The truth is that there has never been any case declaring that there is a link between the two....   [tags: Censorship]
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Position Paper: Censorship - Every structured society has suffered from some form of censorship of literature, art, or entertainment. Plato, the famous the famous Greek philosopher, was the first to record a method of censorship in a democratic society. In his Republic one of the first guidelines Plato designates is that " The first thing will be to establish a censorship of the writers of fiction, and let the censors receive any tale of fiction which is good, and reject the bad; and we will desire mothers and nurses to tell their children the authorized ones only....   [tags: Censorship]
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Censorship of Music: Limiting One’s Rights - Music has been under scrutiny on behalf of censorship for decades. Censorship is defined as an authorization to examine material and to remove or suppress what is considered morally, politically, or otherwise objectionable. Lyrics are essential to nearly everything in music; its poems, ballads, monologues, etc. They may take the form of actual spoken or sung sounds or of written words, as literature does. Without the musical component, you’re left with literature and words; this leaves the heated debate as to whether music should be censored or not....   [tags: Censorship]
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Censorship and Selection - Introduction Censorship is a dirty word to information professionals. Attempts by individuals or groups to restrict the public from reading, hearing or viewing certain materials due to their content, is enough to send librarian's and organizations such as the American Library Association, to the proverbial battle field. However, information professionals from all fields have to make choices about what to include and what not to include in their particular library's collection. How are these selections made....   [tags: self-censorship]
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The Negative Impact of Media Censorship - Every human possesses some guaranteed basic freedoms and rights, whether it is the freedom of speech, or the freedom to express themselves. However, the government seems to be increasingly determined to limit these freedoms using censorship to confine these rights that we usually take for granted. The most important facet of media in general is that it allows people to express themselves freely. In fact, this freedom of expression that music allows us is one of the primary reasons why it exists....   [tags: Effects of Censorship]
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Internet Censorship in China - In the United States, every child, teenager and adult uses Wikipedia, YouTube and Facebook, among numerous other sites, regularly. The internet is open and uncensored for the most part, other than parental controls. In China, most, if not all of those types of sites are or have been blocked. As in, you could not go to them, unless you found some way around the web filters and firewalls the Chinese government runs in their country. While China defends their practice of internet censorship, based on “protecting” the people, heavy internet censorship is a block to free speech and impedes economic and social development in the 21st century....   [tags: Internet Censorship]
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First Amendment And Music Censorship - The First Amendment to the Bill of Rights exists because the Founders of our country understood the importance of free expression. The First Amendment states "Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press . . ." (Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution 17). One of the ways the American people use this freedom of speech and expression is through the creation of the art form known as music. Music's verbal expression bonds our society through our emotions and experiences....   [tags: Censorship]
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Censorship is Not an Effective Way to Protect Children - Teachers suspended, radio and television personalities fired, authors disinvited to speaking events, all because their words, opinions or shows did not agree with what a handful of people consider appropriate. One would think these types of situations regarding censorship happened decades ago, not in a time now, where people pride themselves on having an open-mind and the ability of forward thinking. However, censorship still prevails in America today, and not only censorship of pornography or violence on television, but it seeps into our textbooks and classrooms too, all in the name of protecting the children....   [tags: Censorship Essays]
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Censorship in Radio and T.V. - ... Another type of censorship is military censorship, which is censoring in order to keep military intelligence and tactics confidential and out of the enemies hands. An example of military censorship would be preventing the press from releasing certain types of media coverage to the public. But usually this type of censoring is allowed because it's involves the safeness of the world. As of today video game censorship is increasing in the world as technology grows. Now more parents are just concerned these days about the games their children are playing then they have ever before....   [tags: moral, political and military censorship] 802 words
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Do We Need More Censorship? - The United States Government has organizations that monitor content across all forms of media outlets. There have been complaints in recent years that the government performs excessive censorship. The most well known censorship organization is The Federal Communications Commission, or FCC for short. The Federal Communications Commission is a Federal Government organization designed to monitor and censor content on several forms of media. They are better known for their work on television with all of the bleeps, blurs, and black bars that you will see....   [tags: Censorship Essays]
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Censorship in the Media and Entertainment - Censorship according to the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press can be defined as, “To remove anything offensive from books, films, etc., or to remove parts considered unsuitable from private letters, especially ones sent during war or from a prison”(Cambridge Dictionary). Censorship in the news and in the media takes many forms in todays fast paced world. Even with the slightly leak in information or even misleading information could cause todays world to be turned on its head and can cause people to interpret the issue in many ways which could have numerous implications....   [tags: government censorship,media censoring]
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Internet Censorship and Education in China - The Internet is a key to innovation. In the United States, the Internet has had a positive effect on education. It has widened the amount and type of resources available for research, provided students with effective methods of collaboration (discussion boards and forums), and has allowed for social networking to become less formal and more widespread. This has not happened in China. The “Great Firewall” is inhibiting China and thus curbing its innovation. Academic freedom is a First Amendment right that is recognized by the American government; however, China’s academic freedom is “constrained by the Communist Party’s monopoly on power, which is enshrined in the Constitution, and by the...   [tags: Internet Censorship in China]
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Censorship For Middle School Students - Censorship by definition is the suppression of speech or removal of communicative material which may be considered objectionable or repulsive. Censorship is nothing new and its effects are constantly felt throughout society. Many societies use censorship to protect the established moral and social order. Book censorship in western cultures can be traced to the earliest years of Christianity, when the church began to suppress opposing views as unorthodox. In ancient times, before the printing press and the mass production of literature, book burning was an effective form of censorship....   [tags: Censorship, Middle School, Students, education,]
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Religion and Sexual Censorship in America - “Those of us who trust sexuality must not allow ourselves to be controlled by those who fear it (Marty Klein).” In America censorship has affected various mediums: print, art, television, and internet, as it pertain to sexuality. However the first amendment “protects” the right to free speak, and press. Congress has tried to pass bills to outlaw pornography, (but have failed) ban books for sexual content, and dictate what can be said on TV and radio. If the government is allowed to censor these ways of communication then we, as citizens of a democracy, will be treated as citizens under a dictatorship....   [tags: sex education, media, sexuality, censorship] 643 words
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Internet Censorship and China - The Politics of Censorship – Bryan Thetford Such an enormous investment is, out of necessity, coupled with legislation and bureaucracy. In 2010 the People's Republic of China released a white-paper via their Information Office detailing its policies for implementing and regulating the Internet (Xu). Delegating control to over a dozen government organizations and detailing 18 specific laws or decisions regarding China's Internet, the document is nothing if not thorough (Dance to The Revolution)....   [tags: politics of censorship, legislations]
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Censorship in the Classroom - Sex. Politics. Religion. The big three: a work of literature is often considered controversial because of its statement about or use of these topics. What makes these and other areas so touchy in the classroom. Why do some parents and concerned community members want controversial materials out of the classroom. In this look at the language of censorship, we must first define censorship, who does the censoring, and why. These will be the first three spotlights for looking at the language of censorship....   [tags: Censorship Essays]
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Censorship and Heavy Metal Music - By definition censorship is the suppression of words, ideas, and images that are deemed "offensive" by the general public. As in any form of media, such restrictions in music limit the artists right of free speech and the true artist value of his or her work. For instance, in the world of heavy metal, there are multiple lawsuits against Ozzy Osbourne and one major legal dispute against a band known as Gwar. Where both artists were both falsely censored by the law and wrongly accused by our society....   [tags: Censorship, Ozzy Osborne, heavy metal, music,] 841 words
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The Importance of Censorship - The Importance of Censorship As new technologies evolve and become a part of our daily lives, so do television shows and what people are allowed to view on a regular basis. Censorship, a word that seems to be causing quite some controversy over certain people may not be such a bad idea. As America has seen, a countless amount of people have been known to complain about censorship on television. Although this seems to be a problem to some, maybe the real question to be asked is, is there enough censorship of television....   [tags: Television Media TV Censorship] 386 words
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The Great Wall of Censorship in the People's Republic of China - The People's Republic of China has commonly been regarded as a nation that has censored its media very heavily and has enforced this harshly. China is the largest country in the world, and also has the one of the fastest expanding media. Additionally, China has been enjoying explosive pecuniary expansion for the better part of the last few decades and as a consequence, the living standards of most Chinese citizens has increased drastically in modern times due to growing wealth of the general population....   [tags: China, censorship, government, ]
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Censorship in Alison Bechdel's Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic - Ray Bradbury, one of America’s most renowned 20th century writers once said, “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture, just get people to stop reading them” (Bradbury). In today’s society books are not burned, but some are being censored thus preventing people from enjoying the books they want to read. So what is censorship. Censorship is when an individual or an organization wants to restrict or limit access of a book to readers to avoid offending a group of people. Censorship has affected classrooms and public libraries across the nation due to people like parents, teachers and sometimes students themselves protesting against certain types of books....   [tags: Censorship, Libraries, Reading]
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Censorship is Necessary to Protect Children from the Internet - Censorship is Necessary to Protect Children from the Internet Do you want our future generations being exposed to violence, hate, sex, illegal substances, and false information, and then one day think it would be cool or alright to try these things. The internet is filled with dangerous information, that children should never have the freedom to access. Children learn from example, and if they search, watch, or read something on the web that could be potentially dangerous, they could be influenced or curious and think that it would be alright to imitate one day....   [tags: Persuasive, Argument, Internet, Censorship] 679 words
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Censorship Should NOT be Placed on Books - Censorship Should NOT be Placed on Books      "Censorship... a system under which official censors must give permission before communications of a specified type can lawfully be made" (Wilgoren, 1). Recently censorship has become a major problem in our society. Censorship should not be banned on books. People should not be told they cannot read a book. Unfortunately history has shown that words can be used for ill as well as for good, to destroy lives as well as to enhance them. (Steffens, 9) Words and reading them gives us a better understanding of other peoples views....   [tags: Censorship Censors]
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Censorship in the Music Industry - Censorship in the Music Industry Censorship in the music industry can be divided into two categories involving new music technology and music products. In the United States, the issue of censorship doesn’t necessarily concern music products but rather new music technology. The music industry has become increasingly concerned with the online peer-to-peer services like Kazaa and Morpheus using the MP3 format or motion pictures expert group which allows users to download music free and fast (Cloonan, 2003)....   [tags: Censorship Essays]
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The Taliban has Implemented Censorship in Afghanistan - Immediately after the overthrow of King Zahir Shah in 1973, Afghanistan began to experience a drastic increase of media restrictions under its next ruling powers. However, when the Taliban gained control in 1996, the Islamic State of Afghanistan began a period of regulation which can be considered the most restricted in the world. Censorship is the act of a government or powerful group filtering information, news, and media to fit approved topics and categories. Under censorship, the people now have to be cautious of what they write, say, or do because if it’s deemed "offensive" or “illegal”, they can be penalized....   [tags: King Zahir, Afghanistan, Middle East, Censorship]
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Censorship of the 1950's and its Impacts in America - One hears about censorship of free word happening all the time in other countries, but did it ever happen in the United States of America. Not many people know that restriction of free speech and personal expression did in fact occur in America, mainly during the 1950s. During this tumultuous time, newfound fears of threatening outside influences, mainly political in nature, had set in and as a result the government tried to protect the American public from these “radical” ideas through the use of censorship, or a restriction in the flow of information or ideas....   [tags: Censorship, America, USA, 1950's, ]
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Censorship and Book Banning - Censorship is a concept with several different meanings. To each individual censorship has its own meaning. Is it a violation of our rights or is it a protection for our well being. Censorship in the generic sense refers to the suppression of information, ideas, or opinions. It occurs in all forms of communication from technological media to print media. Each society, culture, or individual's belief is violated by the codes of censorship that our society instills. Book banning is a prime target for censorship....   [tags: Censorship Essays]
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Censorship Laws and Practices in China - Censorship Laws and Practices in China Introduction China joined the global Internet age in 1994, and has been commercially available since 1995. Since then, Chinese Internet usage has seen explosive growth, doubling every six months, and the number of online users is only second to the US. The Internet age ushered in the information age with a new world of freedom and expression for the Chinese. However, soon after its inception, the Chinese government has reined in the free wheeling Internet users and has imposed new laws and restrictions to access and content on the Internet....   [tags: Internet Cyberspace Censorship Essays]
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Censorship in the United States - Censorship on Television Censorship on television in the United States has been an issue ever since the television was invented. The public holds a variety of stances on the topic, and no matter what law is ever passed regarding censorship, it will never suit the needs of everyone. Some believe that censorship violates individual rights in the law, and others believe that censorship should be available through members in the family, not the government. On the other hand, some people strive to maintain government regulation of censorship....   [tags: Censorship America TV Television] 1271 words
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Censorship in Schools - Censorship in Schools There has recently been a renewed interest and passion in the issue of censorship. In the realm of the censorship of books in schools alone, several hundred cases have surfaced each year for nearly the past decade. Controversies over which books to include in the high school English curriculum present a clash of values between teachers, school systems, and parents over what is appropriate for and meaningful to students. It is important to strike a balance between English that is meaningful to students by relating to their lives and representing diversity and satisfying worries about the appropriateness of what is read....   [tags: Censorship Censoring Literature Books Essays]
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The Debate Over Internet Censorship - The Debate Over Internet Censorship Many people believe the Internet has become the World’s Emancipation Proclamation. They believe that this newfound cyber-freedom will free countless generations of people. These people will be of every race, creed and color, whose lives, up until now, have been restrained by the paradigm of governments. Whether it is the United States Government, or the government of a foreign nation, the Internet will be our new Underground Railroad of cyberspace.      Recently, the World Wide Web has come under fire from various forms of censorship....   [tags: Television Media TV Censorship] 1546 words
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The Perpetual Battle Against Censorship -  "There is more than one way to burn a book," (176) says Ray Bradbury when explaining the reason he wrote Fahrenheit 451. Bradbury at the time was upset about "condensed books", or books which had been simplified for easier reading. Luckily, this fad seems to have passed. However, he was also upset about people who wrote asking him to change the role of women or African-Americans to make them more or less dominant in some of his works. One of the major themes in Fahrenheit 451 was just that; a society where everyone got what they wished and literature was eliminated entirely so it wouldn't offend anyone....   [tags: The Fight Against Censorship 2014]
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American Censorship of Japanese Animation - American Censorship of Japanese Animation Abrstract: This essay will explore why Americans feel the need to censor Japanese Animation, how the Japanese culture differs from American culture, and how to solve the growing debate of the censorship of Japanese media.              Japan, that strange and exotic land in the east, has a complex and interesting history that has shaped and molded its culture into a very unique society today.  Of course their customs have influenced their entertainment, especially television and movies.  In a day and age where information is free to all through the internet and reliable postal systems these television shows, movies, toys, and comics have made their...   [tags: Television Media TV Censorship]
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Censorship of Offensive Language in Broadcast Media Should be Based on Age - The extent to which broadcast media should be censored for offensive language and behavior is a complex issue. Standard for the censorship may be quite different across countries in the world. In my point of view, the degree of the censorship should depend on different groups of audience. It is undoubtedly that the children-oriented programs should be strictly censored. The main reason is that children lack the ability to distinguish between right and wrong. Empirical evidence has shown that unfavorable language and behavior in programs impose negative effect on children’s growth....   [tags: Censorship, Offensive Language, Broadcasts, Media,] 900 words
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The Theory and Practice of Censorship - The development and influx of print resources brought about many changes to society, from education to science. It also affected the control the government had over the expression of its citizens and how it saw the circulation of these ideas. Printing was seen as a major invention important for circulating great pieces of scholarship, though it created a problem for those trying to keep scandalous and heretical ideas from being disseminated. D.M. Loades describes, “Writings were tangible objects, and printed books and pamphlets went through a sophisticated process of production....   [tags: printing, censorships, politics]
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Global Look at Internet Censorship - Global Look at Internet Censorship Introduction Many Americans take for granted the freedom that living in the United States allows us. As we go through our days, we whine about our bosses, the governor’s latest political agenda, or read commentary about how the war in Iraq is morally wrong. Whether we are sending e-mail, posting on message boards, or reading the news online, we are guaranteed the same freedom of self expression that we enjoy offline. In other countries, the mere act of accessing websites that criticize the government is an offense that can land you in prison....   [tags: Internet Censoring Censorship Cyberspace Essays]
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The Controversy Over Internet Censorship - The Controversy Over Internet Censorship      For many people, using the Internet has become practically a new way of life, especially for college students and the like.  Various types of information can be accessed at the touch of a button: anything from encyclopedias, to surveys and essays, to articles from magazines, and adult sites.  Anyone who pays for their Internet service is usually offered space for his or her own web page, and even many free services provide space for personal web pages.  All of this available space can be used for any number of reasons: posting newsletters for community groups, advertising for businesses, or just voicing one’s opinion.  For those of us who know...   [tags: Television Media TV Censorship essays]
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The Fight Against Censorship: People's Communication Charter - The People's Communication Charter is an initiative of the Third World Network (Penang, Malaysia) and the Centre for Communication & Human Rights (Amsterdam, the Netherlands). Basic to the initiative is the observation that across the world people face pervasive forms of censorship, distorted and misleading information, stereotyped images of gender and race, restricted access to knowledge, and insufficient channels to communicate their ideas and opinions. The reality of our communication environment reduces the capacity of ordinary men and women to control the decisions that others take about their lives....   [tags: Censorship Essays] 594 words
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America Needs Censorship - Being frustrated is disagreeable, but the real disasters in life begin when you get what you want. For almost a century now, a great many intelligent, well-meaning and articulate people have argued eloquently against any kind of censorship of art and entertainment. Within the past twenty years, courts and legislatures have found these arguments so persuasive that censorship is now a relative rarity in most states. Is there triumphant exhilaration in the land. Hardly. Somehow, things have not worked out as they were supposed to, and many civil-libertarians have said this was not what they meant....   [tags: Censorship Pornography Obscenity] 1568 words
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Censorship of David Wojnarowicz, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Francisco Goya - The Censorship of David Wojnarowicz, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Francisco Goya Censorship is usually considered “official” censorship because it is action taken by governmental institutions such as government committees, or universities, to limit the view of a specific artwork or a group of works by the public. However, these concrete official actions taken to limit public view of specific artwork are only the results of the abstract “censoring attitudes” of individuals or groups of individuals, encouraging the actions....   [tags: Censorship Artists Art] 1678 words
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Music Censorship - Music Censorship      Today, in the 1990's, citizens in our society are being bombarded with obscene material from every direction. From the hate lyrics of Gun's 'N Roses to the satanic lyrics of Montley Crue and Marilyn Manson to the sexually explicit graphical content of today's movies, the issue is how much society is going to permit and where we, as a society, should we draw the line. The freedom of speech has always been considered a right, but that doesn't mean that you can shout, "Fire!" in a crowded movie theater....   [tags: Censoring Censorship Music Lyrics Essays] 1045 words
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Internet Pornography and Censorship - Pornography is sexually explicit material, such as pictures, videos, or even writing, whose primary cause is to cause sexual arousal. The current pornography law states: “For the purposes of this Act, any publication a dominant characteristic of which is the undue exploitation of sex, or of sex and any one or more of the following subjects, namely, crime, horror, cruelty and violence, shall be deemed to be obscene. Or; for the purposes of this Act, any matter or thing is obscene where a dominant characteristic of the matter or thing is the undue exploitation of any one or more of the following subjects, namely, sex, violence, crime, horror or cruelty, through degrading representations of a m...   [tags: Pornography Censorship Essays] 1520 words
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Censorship and the the Banning of Books is Hurting Our Society - What do The Color Purple, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Giver, To Kill a Mockingbird, Brave New World, Summer of My German Soldier, and The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Thing have in common. They are books on the American Library Association’s list of the one hundred most commonly challenged and banned books from the year 2000-2007. For various reasons, these books were found unsuitable for public audiences, and an appeal was made to a court on to ban them. From profanity to sexual content to homosexuality, groups have found reasons to challenge the books presence in libraries....   [tags: Censorship Essays]
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Censorship and Information Privacy Policies in Eastern Asia and the United States of America - Censorship and Information Privacy Policies in Eastern Asia and the United States of America Introduction Fifteen or twenty years ago, no one would have been able to predict the magnitude of the impact that the evolution of computer internetworking technologies has had on the world. The advancement of computers and networking technologies, as well as the constant flow of new innovations has forever changed the way the human race communicates. People across the globe have been given a medium through which they can express their ideas and beliefs freely…for the most part....   [tags: Censorship Asia Essays]
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Internet Censorship Two Case Studies: Australia and the United States - I. Introduction Internet censorship laws started appearing around the world in 1995. These laws covered content already illegal in existing laws for non-internet content, as well as for content that is not suitable for minors. Worldwide, four different approaches were taken with internet censorship. 1) The government encouraged user self-regulation, and voluntary use of content filters by their citizens. 2) Laws were implemented that penalized content providers who made censored material available online....   [tags: Internet Web Censorship Censoring Essays]
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Censorship of Internet Pornography is Unconstitutional - Imagine a place where you have access to anything and everything one could want. Some would say that is only existent in a utopia, and some would say that describes the Internet. Many adults go on to the net and access pornographic material that would be unsuitable for children. This is called cyberporn. The controversy lies in the fact that children are accessing these materials also. Government, activist groups, and concerned parents are fighting to regulate obscene material found over the Internet to protect children....   [tags: Internet Censorship] 2388 words
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They Can Take my Brush, but Never Take my Freedom! - Censorship is the process of not allowing anything too offensive, obscene, or perverted to be viewed, heard, or read by the general public. It usually comes about when a book, painting, song, or even name becomes highly offensive or morally corrupt. Art Censorship has been around since the beginning of the arts, whether it be old Roman Empire Statues to Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment masterpiece. Censorship can be either good or bad. As an artist, my opinion is that censorship is basically either a way to make something better for a broader audience or limit it to the extent of extinction....   [tags: censorship, ] 1241 words
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Protecting Our Ethics: The Choice Between Freedom and Morality - Protect Our Ethics: The Choice between Freedom and Morality The United States is guided by strict, moral laws that attempt to keep America ethical in nature; however, the laws concerning censorship are not as strict as some citizens would like them to be. Some people do not know how censorship can help society, but “it is the restriction, absolute or merely to some part of the population, by the proper political authorities, of intellectual, literary, or artistic material in any formant” (Free), which can help keep provocative images to a minimum....   [tags: Censorship]
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Freedom of Expression- A Service to Citizens - “The First Amendment to the United States Constitution says that Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of ‘speech’ (“Freedom of Expression”).” It has been proven through the court system that speech goes far beyond regular verbal communication (“Freedom of Expression”). If this is be true, then why is there so much controversy over the freedom of expression. If the right to freedom of expression is taken away, the government will steadily become more and more powerful until it controls every facet of life....   [tags: Censorship] 1845 words
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It's Time to STOP Banning Books - Public schools are becoming more laid back about what they teach in each subject to make it less uncomfortable for individuals to talk about; for example, sex education is taught in schools more in depth and at an earlier age today than in the past to make it easier for people to talk about sex in a more mature manner. Banning books that contain sexual content, vulgarity, and violence give children and young adults a reason to snicker about these topics when discussed in class because we are taught that these topics are not appropriate to talk about publicly....   [tags: Censorship ]
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The True Necessity of Ratings - It was our second day on our honeymoon in Europe, my wife and I had nothing planned for the day except relaxation from the abundant nonsense of planning a wedding. Our cloths were unpacked; we had ordered breakfast and had our first official cigarette and cup of coffee of the day. After having a 30 minute discussion as to what we should do for the day we decided on staying in our hotel enjoying each other’s company and watching the good ol’ boob tube. Luckily the only thing on, in English, happened to be my favorite movie, Taken....   [tags: Censorship]
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Censorship in the US - “While most teenagers (60 percent) spend on average 20 hours per week in front of television and computer screens, a third spend closer to 40 hours per week, and about 7 percent are exposed to more than 50 hours of 'screen-time' per week”(Many Teens Spend). Many parents agree that they would rather not have their children view indecencies on the Internet and television, and the government should control the obscenities on the Internet. Others believe that it is the parent’s responsibility to control and censor what their children are watching on the Internet and television....   [tags: Government ]
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The Role of Censorship - Censorship plays a huge role in today’s society. Censorship effects society in excellent ways by putting a blind fold on certain types of media, language, and other social values that should not be seen by all humans. Censorship is known to many as being listed under the category of moral. Censorship is moral, because it bans certain books from schools that should be banned, it helps parents keep their children from material they should not be in acquaintance with, and is politically correct for society and students due to its ethical values....   [tags: Benefits, Book Banishment, Schools]
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Censorship in the Media - Is Censorship necessary. “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear." -- Harry S Truman Thesis: Although some people believe that censorship is adequate to select what things does the society will be good and can live around it while others believe that there should be no censorship because it takes away your right of expression of freedom....   [tags: opposition, repressive measures]
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Censorship: Justified or Not? - It is the year 2014. The growth and advancement in technology and innovation lead to the birth of new channels of media. Back tracking to the 1950s, the primary source of media would have been printed such as newspapers, articles and magazines. The introduction of the televisions and cinemas in the late 20th century resulted in the production of masterpieces such as movies and dramas alike. Currently, the internet is the unified source for all kinds of media which gives allows us to freely express and exhibit our perspectives and ideas....   [tags: government, national security, media]
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The Value of Censorship - This essay aims to explore the necessities of censorship and the roles it plays in society. It will start by defining the term ‘censorship’ and an introduction to what is and has been censored through different periods of history. Finally, this essay will explore if there is a need for censorship in society with a focus on undesirable material and its effects on children and why. The word ‘censor’ is defined as ‘to examine and expurgate’. The word is derived from the Latin ‘census’, and refers to the count of the citizens and an evaluation of their property for taxation purposes in ancient Rome....   [tags: Social Issues]
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The Tyranny of Banned Books - Ever since pen was first put to paper there has been some form of censorship surrounding it. The most current form of censorship is to ban the books which are viewed as inappropriate. Such an act not only violates the rights of American citizens, but it also violates the rights of the students to learn. Even if the government could manage to ban all of the books that it feels are inappropriate, the thirst to read such books would only grow. Too often is it forgotten that before the banning of books was an “at home issue,” (Book Banning 1) the federal government tried to cut the flow of inappropriate information off at the source By forbidding the reading of certain books, the first amendme...   [tags: Censorship]
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CIPA-Mandated Filters on School Computers - It seems unlikely that there is a school librarian out there who has not encountered a problem with--or railed against--the presence of CIPA-mandated filters on school computers. My own career so far has allowed me to experience a full range of experiences with school computers, from a filterless library to an overfiltering situation so egregious that my journey to have it resolved culminated in suing the school district that employs me—Knox County, Tennessee. I just discovered, in fact, that a Google search for “internet filtering in schools” lists the ACLU litigation for which I was a plaintiff, Franks v....   [tags: Censorship] 1574 words
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Book Banning: Against The Law - Books on the Wrong Side of the Law Every year, groups call to arms for the removal of written works. They label the book too dangerous for young readers. Unfortunately, these incensed groups refuse to acknowledge the entirety of the situation before jumping with both feet into this metaphorical river. This blind censorship needs to cease. Banned books should be allowed because the books give insight to the culture at the time, because banning brings attention to books that someone did not want anyone else to see, and because people have rights....   [tags: Censorship]
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Censorship in the Media - The parameters of the term censorship have been changed and manipulated very much over the years. Television and movie ratings have become more lenient against violence and indiscretion because these things are now seen as entertainment. Is this appropriate for our youth. Should children be exposed to these images so early on. How does censorship in the media affect adolescents. Children are the future of our society and need to have some understanding of real world occurrences. Ultimately, censorship can only be determined by the parents....   [tags: The Media]
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The Debate of Censorship - The United States Bill of Rights guarantees its citizens the freedom of expression, but how far does that freedom extend. Does the right to express yourself include the right to observe the expressions of others. According to pro-censorship view holders, it does not. But to those who feel strongly against censorship, the freedom of information, or the “right to know,” should be an absolute right granted to the American public. Censoring material is the responsibility of the individual, not the institution itself, and certainly not the job of a separate institution....   [tags: Controversy, Freedom of Expression]
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The Effects of Censorship - Censorship is an oppressive, counter-productive act that results in ignorance. Censorship is when a government or media outlet controls what the public hears and sees. Many types of medium are affected by censorship, such as television, radio, news, and art. In Turkey, journalists are being jailed for discussing issues that are unfavorable to the government (Arsan). If the journalists are being jailed for saying what they want or need to get out into the public then there is no real news over there....   [tags: oppressive, counter-productive act]
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An Examination of Censorship - Censorship is the verb conversion of the word censor – “an official [being or “department”] who examines books, plays, news reports, radio and television programs, motion pictures, letters, etc, for the purpose of suppressing parts deemed objectionable on moral, political, military or other, grounds” (“Censoring | Define Censoring at Dictionary.com”). In certain cases, censorship is beneficial to the general public, but often times can cross into the realm of marring human rights. Censorship is an age old concept derived from the mighty Roman Empire....   [tags: Expository, Informative]
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The Affect of Censorship - ... Roughly sixty percent of all online websites are pornography sites that children are able to connect to without adult supervision. Censorship needs to be used for these types of things in order to protect children from seeing things that may confuse them at such a young age (“Internet filtering…”). Video games are another source for children see violence and sexual content. While there are ratings on the video games, they are still fairly easy to obtain as long as someone over the age limit can obtain it for the children....   [tags: influence of hip hop on young children]
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The Internet and Censorship - ... Because of this, it causes the speed of our Internet at home to slow down. As a result, we as customers would believe to pay more to get faster internet. However, it gets worse because ISPs are expecting this, so they raise the prices of faster internet so that they can make an even greater profit. The government plays a major role in this as well. The way that certain people in the government have been trying to cover the tragedy of this issue is by coming up with horrible excuses. They come up with beliefs such as there needs to be a control of the data that can be accessed on the Internet....   [tags: pool of information, governments role] 955 words
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The Art of Criticism - Plato’s republic is based, largely, on order and responsibility. The only morality in this society deals with the relative functions of the members of said society. For example: A man kills another man. Why is this a bad thing. In most societies, this would be considered bad or wrong because the societal morals dictate that one’s life is sacred and one’s body is one’s own etc etc etc. In Plato’s republic, the only reason people (namely, Plato) would be against a murder, is because, once a man has lost his life, he will no longer be able to function according to the provenance of the governing bodies....   [tags: Censorship] 2401 words
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Censorship and the Internet - With the bountiful amount of unrestricted information available on the internet many people believe that some of this information should be censored by the United States Government. Who's to say what should be accessible and what should not. Where does it start and stop. Does internet censorship make a nation a safer place to live. There are many countries that don’t allow the use of the internet at all and some countries only censor what they don’t want their citizens to know. Daniel Calingaert said “The internet has provided greater space for free expression in countries where traditional broadcast and print media are restricted” (64)....   [tags: free speech, freedom, United States]
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Censoring the Youth's Freedom - Writing is the timeless expression of human thought and emotion. Our history, culture, and ideas are recorded for the further generations’ benefits and well-being. Books are the portals into these records of out history. Through books the lone human addresses what one-thousand cannot. However, in our society, people challenge the messages in books, by way of censorship, hostility, and banning books from the reach of the common human. These books addressing the values of human nature and actions quickly find themselves challenged by the very society that refuses to acknowledge their content....   [tags: Censorship]
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Enlightenment of the Naïve - Education could be defined as enlightenment for this generation’s children. Children remain in school for an extended period of time and should be expected to gain a specific level of knowledge by the end of their school career. Some use this knowledge to pursue higher education, while others may pursue technical careers which do not require further schooling. Both the knowledge acquired and how a student acquires that knowledge proves crucial to his or her future. What happens, then, when schools fail to broaden a student’s horizons by filtering the information available....   [tags: Censorship]
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The V-Chip and Censorship - The V-Chip The Violence Chip, or V-Chip, is a technological invention that allows parents to block television that they deem unsuitable for their children to watch. Most television shows include a rating which was established by the Broadcasting industry. This rating is encoded into the programs, and the V-chip technology reads the encoded information and blocks the correct shows. Parents can program the V-chip to block certain shows based on their ratings by using the remote control. Since January 1, 2000, the FCC now requires all new television sets that are 13 inches or larger to include the V-chip....   [tags: Television Media TV Censorship] 450 words
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Is Censorship Fair? - Is Censorship Fair The First Amendment grants Americans the right to have freedom of speech. Censorship is not fair although it may protect “morals” that some people may have censorship still causes us to miss important things when it comes to news broadcasts and other media updates. The basic foundation of democracy is the first Amendments promise of freedom of expression. This is basic freedom and the idea should be practiced not preserved. What is censorship. Censorship is the practice of officially examining forms of entertainment and suppressing unacceptable parts....   [tags: first ammendment, freedom of expression]
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