Real World Problems from Delirium
By Maria D'Ambrose, Katie Legorreta, and Katie Roth
Censorship suppresses people’s words, pictures, and ideas that to others might be “offensive. Some people, like the ACLU, think censorship is unconstitutional. Since censorship “suppresses” ideas, it goes against the first amendment, which protects freedom of speech.
Bills like Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) might be examples of internet censorship. With these bills, copyright holders could try to get a court order to make Google and other sites remove links to sites with illegal movies, songs, and more. Internet companies worry that they might have to take consequences from users’ actions.
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, said ¨There`s a bill that would require [Internet service providers] to remove URLs from the Web, which is also known as censorship last time I checked" With all the censorship, is it really worth it? Over 1 million people a day are using online tools to get past the extensive blockage, by the government, on the internet. If some of this stuff is so in demand by people who are using tools to get past the ¨walls¨, we may be harming America, not helping it. If everything is censored, we should be more careful about what we let people put on the internet so people cannot get to illegal things either way. ¨´And the Iranians and the Chinese are telling us, as clearly as they can, that their stability in power depends on purifying the Internet.´¨ -Former general counsel to the Office of Management and Budget in Ronald Reagan’s administration and co-founder of the Twenty First Century Initiative, a group aiming to increase funding for Internet freedom, Michael Horowitz.
In the society in the book Delirium, they have censors on their music, like we have now. In the world we live in today our music is censored because of language. However, in the book the music is censored because of the emotion in the music. Their society is more concerned about the love and rebellious music. Nowadays, people censor by bleeping out words, changing them, or completely cutting the words out. So, censorship is a issue both in their days and our days.
Communes are break away societies. In Delirium, there is this place called the ¨Wilds¨ where people have started a commune because they don´t believe that love is a disease.
- Communes are usually on run-down farms.
- Commune members are linked by the fact that they don't belong in this society.
- There are ¨hippy¨”communes and communes that involve ¨cults¨.
Also, arranged marriages are thought to be more similar than people thought. In love marriages, people still do see if their parents approve. Most people don’t just go and marry without checking with their friends, their family, and the people close to them. They want approval. Many movies and books have parts where the characters are figuring out how they can introduce their boyfriend or girlfriend to their parents. It’s hard to go out with someone that a lot of your friends and family hate. But the other facts are that you won't be able to know if you could have another person out there. You have to stay dedicated to the person, even if you don't know them, or if you don't like them. That's the difference from Delirium. In Delirium, it doesn't really matter who your partner is, since you don't really care, and your feelings are nonexistent.