The Pros And Cons Of Censorship

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Research of “Censorship: Should Language be censored?” Censorship in America is an ongoing debate in today’s society. Many argue there is too much taking place, while others argue we don’t do enough to control it. In this essay we will examine censorship from four different perspectives. Has censorship gone too far, or have we let it go too far already, is the question? We as Americans love our freedom. When we are restricted, only then do we feel violated. But as a society do we not need some limits set to maintain a civilized world? There are many arguments out there as to what these limits should be. Well known author Roger Rosenblatt’s article “We Are Free to Be You, Me, Stupid, and Dead” defends the right to freedom of speech …show more content…
Although Rocker is entitled to make such a statement, Rosenblatt perceives this a case of free expression that should not be exercised. As Rosenblatt colorfully refers to most of his examples as jackasses, sons of bitches, or even stupid his argument for free speech would be that there is a time and place for everything so pick your battles wisely. The debate over free speech and censorship is everlasting. But what is the fundamental causes underlying the censorship impulse in this country? This is the question Bryan Thompson author of “Free Speech vs. Censorship: You decide” (Recorder 1994) is asking. Thompson examines the ever changing levels of censorship from one generation to the next. One could argue that censorship usually occurs during a time in which the nation has experienced the most rapid and dislocating changes. When this takes place not only does censorship contradict the tradition of free speech, it also gets in the way of understanding the process in which our society is changing. We are an insecure nation, with a cultural identity problem. Speech is a unique element that has allowed people to make an effort to live together and have a common ground, but at the same time allow us as individuals have a separate identity …show more content…
Whether you’re a writer like Roger Rosenblatt discussing the right of freedom of speech but right place is key, or evaluating the root cause o censorship like writer Bryon Thompson does, we as a society are the ones who make those decisions. The ever changing society has this power. As Irving Kristol would say, the quality of life is where we determine those censorship lines will or will not be crossed.
My opinion I am all for free speech, but limits on it are necessary. I think these limits are what makes us a somewhat of a civilized country. Let’s be honest, if we all just spoke our minds with no repercussions civilized goes right out the window. However, at times boundaries do need a little push for positive change to take place. There is always a right time and place for everything. Where we as a society choose them is always going to be the grey area up for

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