Censorship

 

Censorship is a very important and complex issue.

We must balance the right of free expression with not being distasteful or harmful

There are three main angles when looking at Censorship:

A)
Types of Censorship

B)
Who is doing the Censoring

C)
Restrictions/level of access

plus we should also discuss:

D)
When to open up the doors of censorship

E)
The issues of Sex and violence in our society



A)
Types of Censorship




1.
Censoring for good taste

2. Censoring for privacy and security

3. Censoring of ideas

4. Censoring - borderline issues

 


B)
Who is doing the Censoring


5.
Voluntary - by the artist (artists, directors, producers)

6.
Voluntary - by the company and selling outlets (Producers, distributors, publishing houses)

7. Community decision and enforcement (votes, public decisions, pressure)

8. Market - no censor, but people don't buy it



9. Forced - by the government (at any level)

 


C)
Restrictions/level of access


10. Age restrictions

11. Location restrictions

12.
Pandora's Box - the warnings and dilemmas

 


D)
When to open up the doors of censorship

(If we censor for good reasons above, there are also some times and places to let it be open - you can be free here)


13. Education and information

14. Dramatic uses - not for shock, but a serious dramatic treatment

15. Restrictions to access must exist

16.
Doing things for "shock" and "pushing the envelope" is a dumb reason.


 

E)
The issues of Sex and violence in our society


17. It is not just the sex, it is the lack of all the other things in life.

18. Women enjoy sex, enjoy dressing up, and enjoy looking at males, just as much as men enjoy women.