Studies in Contemporary Literature: Free Speech

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Censorship is the suppression of speech or other public communication which may be considered objectable, harmful, sensitive, politically incorrect or inconvenient as determined as determined by the government, media outlet, or other controlling bodies (Wikipedia, 1). This can be done by governments and private organizations or by individuals who engage in self-censorship which is the act of censoring or classifying one’s own work like blog, books, films, or other means of expression, out of the fear of, or deference to, the sensibilities of others, without overt pressure from any specific party or institution of authority. Censorship occurs in a variety of different contexts including speech, books, music, films, and other arts, the…show more content…
Censorship is also not justifiable because censorship induces ignorance. Censorship induces ignorance because censorship attempts to discourage or prevent access to the media and the media contains information. The failure to attain that information perpetuates ignorance of that information from the media. Ignorance is an inevitable consequence of all censorship. If information on some topic, person, group, or idea, is censored out for any reason, the knowledge on that topic is made impossible to attain by the consumer inducing ignorance. Censorship also undercuts the very possibility of knowledge by breaking the tracking relationship between our beliefs and truths. There can also be no such easy justification for censorship in the political realm. In order to make sound decisions, such as for whom to vote and what policy to support, people must be well informed and censorship of political parties, personalities, or ideas makes this impossible causing ignorance of the political parties. Ignorance is not a healthy basis for democracy and does not assist in critical thinking and is also a poor foundation for economic development, for political growth, and for justice. Censorship is also not justifiable because it inhibits our free society. Censorship inhibits our free society because it has a daily negative impact on our present day society, as news articles, television shows; radio broadcasts, music, and other content for public viewing are affected.
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