The Internet is like many great inventions, it has some flaws, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons. The Internet has become an educational tool for students, increased communication, and allowed for knowledge of all subjects to be shared. These are but a few benefits of the Internet. Censorship is generally an evil and should be avoided where ever possible (Butt, 2000). The regulation or censorship of the Internet will make it difficult for people to express their mind openly, block even more useful sites for students, and deny American citizens their first amendment right to free speech.
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Often described as the “destruction of free speech”, censorship consists of altering or deleting a message between the sender and receiver, often without notice or their consent. Free speech, on the other hand, addresses the right to express liberally without any restrictions. These two contradicting concepts often cause controversies, especially over finding the equilibrium between the two. It is evident that each plays very important roles in the lives of many citizens where they are free to discover the truth and to express their thoughts from them. There are various forms of censorship; some may completely alter the original message or some may simply be hiding the truth. Even though harmonizing free speech and censorship is challenging,
Censorship is not justifiable because it violates our freedom of expression and speech. Since censorship was first drafted in 1776, the United States constitution has constantly been scrutinized and amended to adhere to changes in society. It has ev...
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The advent of the internet opened a “marketplace of ideas” to the populace. It marked a complete shift in global functioning and perspectives. While hate speech online is not inherently different from similar expressions found offline, there are peculiar challenges unique to online content and its regulation. Those challenges related to its permanence, itinerancy, anonymity and cross-jurisdictional character are among the most difficult to address. The ‘old’ or ‘traditional’ mass media such as newspapers, magazines books and broadcasters placed a gatekeeper between the speaker and the audience. The internet removed this gatekeeper as people could express opinions without the intermediary, this democratization on one hand made the internet
Ahmad Salman Rushdie, a British Indian novelist, once said, “What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.” Censorship is the suppression of words or visual images that have been deemed as offensive or harmful. It is restricted information that has been blocked by the media or government. Since the rise of technology, censorship has been a much debated topic. Some believe the concealment of vital information is crucial in developing a functional and safe society. With others ,believe hiding information ,not only violates our constitutional rights, but also creates an ignorant society who are inadequate in making an educated decision.
The Internet also known as the “information superhighway of the world”, is increasingly becoming the most prevalent form in which to gather and distribute information. This issue brings up a number of moral dilemmas concerning the lack of censorship and editorial monitoring in this immense communication system. Some of the questions that have arisen are whether or not freedom of speech should be controlled, to an extent, and if so where would those barriers be drawn. Also, should the truth behind Internet publications be monitored, access to inappropriate material be denied to certain individuals, and should laws be passed to prevent the exploitation of unknowing bystanders. These issues are not only controversial but also extremely complicated to pursue through legal terms and justifications.
This paper addresses whether we should censor or block access to websites with controversial material. It looks at the issue from several sides: The relevant US laws that are in place, how censorship is used at the university and corporate levels, how other countries are attempting censorship, and finally what I feel about the topic.