A Look at the Arguments for and Against Censorship Essay

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Findings “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press” (Roleff, Barbour, and Szumski 5). Controversy surrounds the topic of censorship. Americans generally believe in the freedom of speech and expression, but some citizens of the liberal USA support censorship. Internationally speaking, censorship is not really a topic of discussion, it just exists. Librarians have struggled with censorship over the years and the development of new technology and communication has made the predicament even worse. The situation with censorship is akin to walking a desert filled with land mines; at any moment any idea or opinion once held near and dear may end up blown to smithereens. In a world where censorship is examined …show more content…
Right wing and left wing advocates play two different roles.
…right-wing pressure groups …control topics and content. These groups want schoolbooks to reflect their idealized vision of the past- an imaginary past in which all families were happy because they had a strong father, a nurturing mother, obedient children and a firm religious foundation. Crime, violence, divorce, abortion, and homosexuality did not exist in that fantasy-past, so they must never appear in any schoolbooks. (Westwater 3) Whereas,
Leftist pressure groups generally hold the power to control vocabulary, to outlaw words and phrases, and to choose the words, phrases and modes of usage that will be deemed politically correct. The demands made by leftist groups revolve around their vision of a utopian future in which egalitarianism prevails in all social relationships. (Westwater 3)
Despite the differences in their mode of censorship, sometimes political groups agree on general topics. There have been failed attempts to ban books as well as quite a few successful attempts based on political reasoning. Some of these books include The Grapes of Wrath, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and Animal Farm. ( Karolides, Bald, and Sova) These well known classics have potentially controversial subject matter that some believe should not circulate through public resources. Living in the 21st century where every kid on the little league team gets an award, and using a

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