Censorship : The Gray Areas Of Censorship Essay

1586 Words Dec 16th, 2016 7 Pages
The Gray Areas of Censorship
Censorship has gotten a bad reputation from the public as another way the government or media tries to control and constrict its people. However, the government and the media see censorship as a suppression of communication which they consider harmful. The problem with censorship arises when trying to draw the thin line between what is considered harmful and what is freedom of expression, as defined by the government or media. On the one hand, censorship is very important in certain specific cases; the main goal of censorship today is to protect children from seeing inappropriate content, profanity, and to an extent, violence in movies. On the other hand, the United States government and controlling media have made questionable decisions regarding censorship in the past, including the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and the fight against the “Free the Nipple” campaign. In this essay, I will first discuss the important role censorship plays in protecting people in the United States, then I will discuss examples of when censorship hurt people more than it helped. I will conclude that some forms of censorship are somewhat useful for blocking violence or inappropriate content, but other forms of censorship have been harmful to certain groups of people.
In many cases, censorship is a useful tool that the government and the media utilizes to protect children. In today’s society, all forms of the media are easily accessible to anyone with just a…

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