Censorship : An Individual Or Institution

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Aaron Browning Vonda Ford English 5-6 28 January 2014 “********* *** ******” Censorship: the intentional suppression of information that is deemed inappropriate by either an individual or institution. Censorship; has been an issue throughout all of history. Whether it is the trial of Socrates or the Licensing Act, all censorship has ever done is limit information and repress other points of view. Censorship comes in many forms and can be very subtle or opaque; the one constant is the benefit of the powerful and the restraint of the masses. Some may find forbidding information useful, and some may think that freedom of speech; is not a right; but rather something to be sacrificed for the greater good of society. Censoring anything, be it in ancient history; or current events, is never worth the harm to humanities freedom of speech. Freedom of speech did not become a popular humanitarian issue until the early 1600’s when the enlightenment took hold of europe. Although it did not get dealt with until then, censorship had existed since far earlier. The earliest and one of the most famous examples of censorship was the Trial of socrates. In the late 300’s the Greece government was involved in a number of wars. Also during that time Socrates was teaching his students a method of questioning, soon he became a very popular teacher and many of his students started to question the government. The Greece government already had their hands full with the wars, so they decided to execute
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