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.
What is Censorship? Wikipedia defines it as, “the suppression of speech, public communication or other information which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, politically incorrect or inconvenient as determined by governments, media outlets, authorities or other groups or institutions.” There are many definitions out there for censorship, but the key word that I almost always see is suppression. I think that alone shows that censoring limits freedom and that it is morally unacceptable. Censorship is should not be permitted, because it goes against the 1st amendment, the government could easily use their new found power and control the public in many negative ways, there is no solid rules stating what is actually considered moral
Censorship has been a battle that has raged through Journalism in its many forms for years. It has run rampant through High School Journalism for nearly 20, after the Hazelwood court case that gave advisors the right to edit, cut, and censor whatever they think is inflammatory or derogatory. Still even though there is Censorship across the United States there are still some students who fight it, every day.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the exercise of free speech, press, or of the right of people to assemble and petition” (Miller). The Constitution of the United States says that congress cannot make any laws that would question our rights. Censorship questions those rights. Granted that slander, libel, obscenity, sedition are not protected under our five freedoms of the first amendment as said in the court case Chaplinksky versus New Hampshire (ProQuest Staff) we should be able to anything in the media we want to as long as we do not break those laws. People have the r...
Letís start this off at the very beginning. What is Censorship? According to The American Heritage College Dictionary to censor is, "To examine in order to suppress or delete anything considered objectionable" (American Heritage College Dictionary 226). So basically it is when a select group of people go through books, movies, and music, and ask that anything that might be seen as offensive to a group of people or anyone in general be removed from the publication. Right away you can see how by doing this a personís first amendment is being violated. If, as Americans, we are granted the freedom of speech and expression then having something you write or say censored directly violates th...
Censorship is defined as “the suppression of speech or other public communication which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient to the general people as determined by a government, media outlet, or other controlling body.” Opposition to censorship is as old as censorship itself, a policy dating back to Ancient Greece. It was defended by the philosopher Plato who argued that censorship was necessary to reinforce the power of the government and to stabilize society. Since ancient times, censorship has bee...
Censorship is the suppression of publishing information on the Internet or television (Naik). The government blocks only the content that is proved to be unfit for the public. Censorship is only used to a certain extent in the United States of America, but it is much more widespread in other parts of the world. Many people argue that the First Amendment to the constitution provides freedom of speech. Therefore, fining television stations for not censoring explicit materials could be a violation First Amendment rights (Ruschmann). Most people agree that the reason that the United States survives as a democracy is because of the freedoms provided by the First Amendment. With these freedoms revoked, the government could become too controlling (Ruschmann). Censorship also occurs when politicians commit crimes and feel threatened by the media. Political Censorship is unjust to the public because stories about the citizens can be posted on the Internet, and played on the news yet, the citizens have no control over this public display (Censorship).
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?
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. Censorship itself is not always a bad thing and has in some cases been used for protection of the general population.
The Dilemma of Censorship The issue of censorship always provides an interesting debate. There are many intelligent and very valid arguments for and against the issue. However I strongly believe that the act of censorship is wrong.