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

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"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.

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Children are and are not able to discern right from wrong without being properly told so based on being punished or spoken to. If the parent is not present to do so and answer any questions a child may have regarding something he or she has read or seen on television, then there is a breakdown in communication, which must be repaired. To a certain degree, yes there should be censorship, however, these folks running the television networks can not personally, one-on-one control what is actually being shown and seen in each and every household itself. It is the job and obligation of the parent to do their part in this, without question or debate.

It appears definitively that Plato does not object to censorship of reading materials that are accessible by children and that this would not "underrate their ability to think for themselves…" He wrote very strongly regarding about god or the gods and how they were portrayed. He stated that whenever god is referenced in any writings, that it must be stated that everything that is good has happened because of or by god, even though bad things that may have occurred were because of god, that no matter what, everything good was done by god. This I do not agree with and feel that children need to understand that god may have done certain things for a reason and that good things do arise out of the bad. Children need to learn that when bad things happen in their lives, that they need to work through them

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