Essay about Censorship On Social Media And Higher Education

1273 Words Dec 15th, 2016 6 Pages
Censorship on Social Media in Higher Education Censorship in social media prevents academics from practicing the ability to convey their ideas in the most popular form of communication of this generation. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines a censor as, “a person who supervises material for objectionable matter” (“censor”). But if the purpose of going to higher education is to teach the community how to formulate new ideas, what good does it serve to revoke their liberty of free expression in any form? Formulation is only part of the process in the academic community. Thus, individuals must have the capability to effectively express their information to their audience. Instead of silencing academics when they choose to speak on subjective matter, students should be granted the freedom to articulate by instilling expression in an objective manner. Censorship is the constricting and limiting factor that controls what content is allowed to be exhibited in all forms of expression. In the academic community, censorship can include: seasonal bans on student athletes’ social media usage, changing or removing content in publications, and limiting a student’s access to certain content. One specific example is mentioned in Frank D. LoMonte’s article, “Fouling the First Amendment: Why Colleges Can’t and Shouldn’t Control Student Athletes’ Speech on Social Media” when he says, “But there is one luxury Louisville players do not enjoy: Privacy. Since 2011, their university has…

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