The Effects of Censorship of Music and Movies

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The Effects of Censorship of Music and Movies
An act of violence that is completed by individuals is not being done because of what the individuals saw on T.V. or what he or she listened to, it is because the individuals must clearly have issues with someone or something to cause them to be violent. Censorship can not stop this from happening. Censoring music and movies is not a necessary factor in trying to limit the violence in society due to the fact that there is no actual proof of these two media formats influencing an individual to complete an act of violence. “Censorship is counter-intelligence achieved by banning or deleting any information of value to the enemy; deleting parts of publications or correspondence or theatrical performances” (“Censorship”). In particular, “Music censorship is any discriminatory act that advocates or allows the suppression, control, or banning of music or music related works against the wishes of its creator or intended audience” (Nuzum 7). “A censor is a man who knows more than he thinks you ought to” (as qtd. in Nuzum 191). For a long time now, many different things have criticized music and movies for many different reasons. From the incident at Columbine to suicide attempts, music and movies have been blamed for causing, or fueling these events. Though many studies have been done and the results are almost conclusive. “Censorship under the guise of child protection has traditionally been, and continues to be, a convenient excuse for not educating children – about media, critical thinking, and moral values” (Heins 2). “While censors justify their actions completely disregarding music’s demonstrated evocative nature. Thus, as we impede music, we inhibit our ability to be fully human” (Burns 67). “…Censorship flatters us into thinking that we have done something to improve life, while we ignore what might be done (Pally 5). “One of art’s primary functions is to ‘reflect’ the world, goodness and bad, in a context that invites us to consider, interpret, accept, or reject its presentations (Overstreet 2). If we were to view the society in a non-violent way, we would be viewing society in the way that it really is not. “Censorship accomplishes no goals and in the process not only makes the forbidden fruit more attractive, but teaches young adults disrespect for art, creativity, and critical thought” (Heins 2). “People feel so overwhelmed by violence that they think there simply must be a connection between media bloodshed and the real thing. But the truth is that violent crime is down in America, and it has been going down for some years now” (Nakaya 36 - 37). Society views movies and music as ways of art. “Entertainment created in America is one of this nation’s proudest artistic and commercial assets” (Torr 73). “According to researcher George Gerbner, ‘Never was a culture so filled with full-color images of violence as ours is now’ ” (Torr 13). Our culture may be filled with all of these ‘full-color violent images’, it is these images that provide artistic views and a way of viewing society the way that it really is. American culture shares many of the same assets as many of our fellow countries. “It is ironic that Japan, which devours American films and T.V. programs, has one of the lowest crime rates in the world” (Torr 73)! “Disney, now one of the leading promoters of violent images in American culture, even feels that what little kids need is more violence” (Torr 53). “…Violent images and ideas come in too many different styles and contexts for researchers to be able to make meaningful generalizations about effects” (Burns 77). There are other things besides music and movies that can cause anger in people like poverty, racism, unemployment, drugs, and inadequate or abusive parents. Why should society and culture be blamed for individuals who have violent behavior? There is no reason for society to be punished with not being able to view...
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