Plato - the Greater Part of the Stories Current Today We Shall Have to Reject

Topics: Columbine High School massacre, Censorship, Morality Pages: 3 (1177 words) Published: November 13, 2005
"The Greater Part of the Stories Current Today We Shall Have to Reject" The Influence of reading material and television on children's abilities to distinguish between what is true and not true

Throughout time and history, the concerns of many have been made regarding the influence of the media on children and our young people. Although media, its various forms and those who are in control of them have changed throughout as time has progressed, the concerns still are the same. Plato wrote about the influence that poets had on young people of his time in the same way that those who have analyzed this issue today have revealed the effects of literature and television on today's children.

Plato strongly states in his writing "The Greater Part of the Stories Current Today We Shall Have to Reject" that initially we should begin with the children's mind and be more concerned with their appropriate education based on the literature they read as opposed to concerns with the physical aspect of their bodies. He then states that in doing so, "And we shall begin by educating mind and character," "In this education you would include stories, would you not?" As Plato progresses, he references particular poets and writers that have written about wars and gods and the terrible things that had happened to the characters in their writings, and states that these parts of these stories, or the stories as a whole should not be allowed to be read by, to or told to children. He states that "Then it seems that our first business is to supervise the production of stories, and choose only those we think suitable, and reject the rest." Basically, with no holds barred, Plato feels that what is written and put out there for the public reading and review should be edited and controlled. He stated that he felt these writers/poets in particular should be told to censor their writings.

I agree with Plato's objections stated above, however not to the degree where what is...
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