The Perception Of Beauty Is Subjective And Dependent On The Viewer

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The perception of beauty is subjective and dependent on the viewer. While certain things are appealing to one, another will most likely have an alternative perspective. Artwork is all about the expression of ideas, the meaning behind why the ideas are expressed a particular way, and the impact the piece has on the viewer’s emotions. The point of censorship is to monitor what information or ideas are being exerted in order to remove harmful or sensitive content from being viewed. However, by removing content, discussion and the expression of ideas are also being removed. This puts restrictions on what information and content the public is able to receive and view. Consequently, what is considered appropriate is determined by government, rather than the individuals own discernment. Plato and Mill assert strong contrasting views on the censorship of art. Plato argues that censorship is ultimately a good thing, whereas Mill contends that censorship is wrong and prevents movement towards progression. In Plato’s Republic, Plato uses the conversation with Socrates, Glaucon, and Adeimantus to discuss objections regarding forms of art. Within this conversation, Socrates displays desires to ban art from the city. He believes that art neglects reasoning and affects the passions undeviatingly. Socrates claims that the art form of poetry is determined to tell tales and give people negative moral examples. He states that, “the more poetic they are, the more they should be kept away from

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