Murrow wrote in “Wires and Lights in a Box” about the uprising idea of corporations overtaking and suppressing the raw news in radio and television stations during the 1950s. When one group censors another it is called private censorship. Wu had a similar idea in “The Future of Free Speech”
As a whole, progression is the main basis of society. Humans are capable of creating things unimaginable; one of these things is music. A collection of organized sound with an underlying “feeling”, alone it’s able to capture and enlighten any audience of any age. Music is one of the most beautiful things on this planet, but isn’t it only appropriate the full expressions of songs be unfiltered? Since 1927 the government has controlled what goes on and off the air, and in 1934 the Federal Communications Center (FCC) was created to monitor and filter all music that is released to the public. This censorship is in violation of constitutional rights according to the first amendment, this specific topic of controversy has not taken full affect, yet. However, in Syria many musicians are being scouted, fined, and even jailed for simply trying to express themselves. In addition, the progression of modern families; transferring from conservative views to more liberal views, with added communication and technological advancements provoke the normal vocabulary and stretch the ideas and morality of not only themselves but individuals surrounding them as well. Individual rights as Americans originated in discord with rules that seemed unfit, it is only logical to keep the constitution and intentions of the founding fathers' alive.
For years, the topic of censorship has a been highly controversial issue. Over the centuries, many people have fought and died to gain the freedom of speech and ideas. The impression that creative ideas and important information should be hidden from society and controlled by the government, is a discordant one. Censorship is the act of controlling the freedom of speech, ideas, and information. Unsuprisingly, people in the nineteenth or the twentieth century had no problem with the controversial issue of censorship. A century ago, technology just started to make itself known in the world. People had the radio, the television, and the typewriter. Although the internet was invented, it was hardly used as frequently as individuals, in modern times,
Just a week ago (April 5th 1999), The Justice Department appealed an Anti-Censorship ruling made by the Federal Judge, Lowell Reed, of Pennsylvania. Reed had the opportunity to evaluate and rule upon the Children's Online Protection Act (COPA), Congress' second attempt to regulate content on the Internet1. Judge Reed rejected this act on grounds that it was in direct violation of the first Amendment. He argued that "the first Amendment was designed to prevent the majority, through acts of the Congress, from silencing those who would express unpopular or unconventional views" (speech1). Reed continued to demonstrate that before the widespread use of the Internet the ability of a person to express his or her views to a large group of people was limited by " the costs [of] reaching the masses" (Reed Text 1). Before the Internet, people who wanted to express their ideas had to pay great amounts of money for advertisements and propaganda to promote their views. It was very difficult for an individual, especially one without a lot of money, to get his or her ideas out to the public - the Internet allows the individual to do so in an inexpensive way.
Hull, Mary. Censorship In America : A Reference Handbook. Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO, 1999. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 31 Mar. 2014.
"Censorship and Freedom of Information." Issues and Controversies. Facts on File, n.d. Web. 4 Apr. 2014.
One reason many people are against censorship is because it hinders the thoughts and ideas of their minds. Internet regulation will tend to curb the freedom of expression, which is perhaps one of the most conspicuous factors that are instrumental in the success (Manohar, 2011). This is true, the Internet provides a voice to people who otherwise wouldn’t have a say. Through websites, forums, and blogs the average man or woman can express his or her opinion about the latest sports game, the news, politics etc.
The author provides many facts that support his argument and makes sure to explain how other solutions would not work to solve this problem effectively. The article provides a plethora of facts discussing how the use of censorship is not the way to go due to its negative connotation and how the law cannot do anything, because technically nothing wrong is really happening the law viewpoint. The author finally concluded his essay by discussing how the solution he proposed maybe the best one they can use at the moment and how the solution has been used and been proven successful. The weaknesses of the essay include lack of information regarding the Supreme Court readings and the fact that he did not cite any sources to show ethos, but he himself was the president of Harvard University so that might have been
Exercising the freedom of speech has two sides: the speaker and the listener. Censorship is unfair to both sides. When it takes away the speaker’s Constitutional freedom of expression, it simultaneously revokes the listener’s right to develop an informed opinion based on unobstructed truth. This opinion has been supported by the courts. In 1982, an informal agreement between several broadcasters from major media outlets known as the Code of Broadcaster Conduct, which banned “depictions of sexual encounters, violence and drug use, as well as excessive advertising,” was nullified because it was a violation of First Amendment rights (“Broadcast Decency”). Excessive censorship is viewed as unnecessary by both the American public and by the government that endorses it.
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. Television censorship is significant because it holds the future of our country. If channels continue to be censored, our rights will be violated. If not, then the future generations may change because people are influenced by the explicit behavior that they view on television. America needs to come up with the best solution possible, and until then, this question will still remain: Should the American government censor television?