Censorship Research Paper

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War on Censorship After being assigned a school project, a young high school student walks into the library with plans on researching about his topic before starting. It’s a biology project about the mating rituals of animals, which was a topic that struck his interest. So he boots up the computer, signs in, and starts surfing the web and different search engines for his topic. Every site he clicks on, however, has been blocked. Anything having to do with mating and breeding has been censored by the library as inappropriate material. What if this high school student doesn’t have internet at home? Being unable to look up his material at the library is sure to hinder his research. This would be a very common story if web censorship in the …show more content…
Many protested because it violated the freedom of speech of the adults online and it was rejected by the Supreme Court in 1997 since it was a restriction on the First Amendment (Gottfried). And there’s always the issue of what should be filtered and what shouldn’t. What one considers lewd or hateful material, another might laugh at. The definition of inappropriate varies from person to person, community to community, meaning there’s no national meaning to the word that applies to everyone. Is it fair to block something because a few people find it insulting? In Hillsborough High School, this very issue was brought up only it was over the school newspaper not the internet. The principal of the school pulled an article from the newspaper detailing the school’s achievement gap over the years strictly because it might harm the students’ self-esteem (Stein). Was that material appropriate to block just because a few students would find the information hurtful? Censorship is all based on opinions that not everyone might have so it isn’t fair to block everything for the fear of insulting a few. There are, however, some bad things on the internet that aren’t only dangerous for minors, but for everyone else as well. With the rise of the internet has come the rise of violent hate crimes. With the web being as vast as it is, it’s no surprise that there are sites depicting hateful messages and calls to action against

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