Media Censorship In America

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Throughout Legend by Marie Lu, there have been many instances of propaganda and the censorship of what is published and displayed by the government. Although it is not apparent to the people in the society, the Republic has complete control over what is released and shown to the public and the Republic often leaves their own people in the dark. In the story, there have been shown many examples of this such as; the media only displaying smiling children and happy people, continuously showing the wrong execution of Day on the jumbotron, and the lies about the trials and the plague. Majority of the people within the society have no idea that the Republic is constantly lying to them because they have never ought to believe anything different from …show more content…
As the prominence of technology increases, so does the censorship of it. The United States of America has many methods of concealing what is published online and to the rest of the world. As stated in the article “How Media Censorship Affects the News You See” by Glenn Halbrooks, the government controls many areas of media such as personal privacy, publishing graphic details and images, concealing security information, and hiding political bias. Although these restrictions may not immediately impact America negatively, this beginning step towards the censorship allows the Americans to become comfortable with the idea of it and therefore lay the foundation for the government to furthermore abuse the restrictions of what is displayed. In Legend by Marie Lu, the Republic also starts out small by making tiny adjustments and telling tiny lies to their citizens, but then later moves onto releasing propaganda on a larger scale and taking full control of what is publicly displayed. Thus, Legend and the slow beginning of media censorship in The United States of America have a very strong connection, and if America continues to grow and expand in the suppression of media, it may end up like the …show more content…
Both sides share a striking amount of similarities such as the fact that both governments are able to completely control what is produced by the news and who shares what. Although Legend depicts a more after the fact look on what could happen if government takes complete control over the media, the United States still is beginning to show tendencies that it can turn out the same way the Republic can. This is dangerous because if the issue is not stopped now or at the least talked about, it will only begin to grow larger and larger until government has complete control. A potential solution to this problem would be taking away this control that the government has over media. For instance, the people of America could learn and adapt to the propaganda that is released, and learn not to believe every fact they see. As it was shown, the society today and the society presented in Legend show many similarities that could be seen as potentially dangerous, and the people work at it in order to not fall under the same control as the citizens in

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