Censorship - How Much Is Too Much?

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America is known as one of the greatest countries in world, and this is because of the many freedoms and rights that the American people have. Freedom of expression and freedom of speech are just two of the many rights that Americans exercise daily to help keep this country and its citizens the way our forefathers believed it should be. Though the American people exercise these rights every day, there are many individuals that believe that certain medias and arts such as music, television, movies, radio and internet should be censored to protect young adults and children from obscene, indecent and offensive material. Censorship which is the act of deleting, or suppressing anything that is objectionable, is a valid way to protect our children and young adults from mature information, but there is one question that often arises; “How much censorship is too much censorship?” Although censorship is an essential part of our society, we as a culture need to decide where to draw the line between necessary and unnecessary censorship, while still trying to embrace freedom of expression and speech. The day and age we live in is very different from the way of life in the 1700’s when the Amendments were first created. In our culture today there are many reasons for certain arts and medias to be censored. There is much more prejudice, hate and anger that is presented in many ways, including art pieces, song lyrics, reading material, movie scenes and other sources. The biggest reason censorship is needed is to protect children and young adults from mature subject matter in which they are too young to be exposed to. This mature subject matter is often made up of nudity, obscene or vulgar language, violence, sex, and other indecent situations. In the right situations, this is considered necessary censorship that does protect children and young adults from mature content that they should not yet be exposed to or aware of. (Ambekar, 2008) There are many other valid...
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