Censorship And Its Effect On Society

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I. A. Censorship. This single word describes the world’s history of literary sabotage, the idea of rejecting a concept or other medium of propaganda simply because it exhibits a disagreeable or supposedly immorally tepid aspect, then forcibly substituting a more ‘ethical’ ideal. Since King Hammurabi stamped out the first cuneiform laws in Babylon, human society has experienced relentless episodes of chronic censorship. It wasn’t until the Roman Empire however, that the word censor was coined, meaning to appraise, value, and judge. Throughout history, censorship assumed a negative connotation, as bureaucratic campaigns titled as censorship delegations forced their view upon society, tenaciously outlawing all literary and verbal material that ventured to conflict their beliefs. Thus, censorship became the word to erroneously describe the process of selectively removing and adding content to a literary aspect as an act of cultural abridgment. How then, does the belligerent stance of censorship afflict society? The answer lies embedded into the patchwork of nearly every war in human history: the semantic barrier of mistranslation. Because censorship involves changing a disagreeable literary work, or banning it entirely to accommodate a reader’s personal beliefs, removed or filtered information will not imply the meaning it previously had before the translation. This misconceived or misrepresented intention then may be registered as hostile by the reader, inciting flawed…
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