Many people view censorship as a good thing, that some things should not be seen or heard publicly. There are certain things that need to be censored, things of an obscene or indecent nature. By definition, indecent means: not decent; especially: grossly unseemly or offensive to manners or morals.” courses/spring98/students/fabfive/procensorship.html. This means swearing, inappropriate dialogue, nudity, inappropriate literature, and so forth. While inappropriate music has parental advisory stickers, “they are both wrong and ineffective, just because the music has a sticker doesn’t mean children can’t purchase it, it only lets the parents know it is not appropriate if, if, we see it.” [Not long ago broadcast giant ABC aired a pre-game teaser that included a naked Nicolette Sheridan a football player (Terrell Owens), and a very skilled camera man who kept the nudity acceptable, at least by some standards. What happened was;””Nocolette Sheridan, Edie on ABC’s TV hit “Desperate Housewives,” strips for Terrell Owens at the start of November 15, 2004’s edition of “Monday Night Football.”” http://primetimetv .about.com/od/ desperatehousewives /v/desperate_mnf.htm. Children watch this program expecting a sporting event, and get a raunchy woman who can’t keep her towel on for a star athlete, outrageous. Rappers are no better; their music is terrible for a young child to hear. Eminem, a chart topping rapper speaks of killing, throwing up, and can’t speak two lines without the “f” or “s” words. These things are inappropriate for everyone, but juveniles at most.
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Those against censorship in our lives have many points, also. Censorship holds us down; it contains our thoughts and feelings, keeping expression of true thoughts to a minimum. The actual definition of censorship is: “Prevention of disturbing or painful thoughts or feelings from reaching consciousness except in a disguised form” [www.dictionary.com]. So, in easier terms, it is the not allowing things that can be harmful or offensive be heard publicly, unless it is masked. The radio today is a prime example, an abundance of four letter words are not allowed, but words like “the b-word” are allowed. CEO and co-owner of Artemis Records, Danny Goldberg, had this to say on the issue of censoring words, “on the subject of violence, what kind of system can distinguish between the words “I want to kill you” said in an affectionate, sarcastic or ironic way from those same words being used literally? Song lyrics are by their nature impressionistic and are often used symbolically. No one really thought that the words to “killing me softly with his song” referred to murder.” [This man knows what he is talking about. Certain words can be used in different situations.
If I want to kill you becomes I want to__ you, then Killing me softly should have the same terms. Goldman also had this to say, “I am speaking not only as a long time record executive, but also as a father of a ten year old girl and a six and a half year old boy. I do not believe either government or any entertainment industry committee has any business in telling me and my wife what entertainment our children should be exposed to.” ncac.org/issues/dannygoldberg.html. The government has too much power over, not only what people can say, but what people can hear. Parental Advisory stickers inform the buyer that some material may be deemed inappropriate for young audiences, this is good enough. It should be the right of the individual or the individual’s guardian to decide what he or she can hear, not the FCC.
Censorship is not an intrusion on the rights of Americans, it is a great idea. There are explicit, obscene things that we don’t allow. Children are not allowed to swear in school; in athletics punishment is given for obscene actions from grade school to the pros, from player to coach. The teacher is the FCC, figuratively, in school, and the referees or officials do the same in athletics. If so much of our lives are censored, and we try so hard to preach good morals to children, then why should these obscene slurs be allowed on public television and radio? Rapper Eminem once proclaimed in a song, “Then in a couple of minutes that bottle of Guiness is finished, You are now allowed to officially slap bes, You have the right to remain violent, and start wilin’, Start a fight with the same guy that was smart eyin’ you, Get in your car, start it, and start drivin’, Over the island and cause a 42 car pile-up.” /lyrics/eminem/drugballad.html. Is this something our children should hear? The song is called drug ballad, and it encourages drugs, alcohol, drunken rage, and raving. Most of the song is about illegal activity being cool, therefore encouraging illegal activity in the youth, his main audience. It is sickening how people act when they are clearly a role model in the public eye, and they don’t act accordingly.
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Censorship in our entertainment is a very controversial thing. Both sides have very strong points. People against censoring hold strong to our birth rights of freedom of speech. Those who are for censorship have the point of how our children shouldn’t be exposed to such harsh language and raunchy visuals. While both sides can argue all day and night for their point, the morals of the American people will prevail. Censorship keeps the innocent, innocent.