Banned in America (Censorship)
By: Bre Sharpe & Caleb Garr
In ancient societies, for example, China censorship was considered a genuine instrument for regulating the moral and political life of the population. In Rome as in the ancient Greek societies, the ideal of good power included shaping the character of the people. Later censorship was beginning as a moral job. In China, the first censorship law was introduced.
Modern day censorship is generally centered on social media, TV, music and religion. Censorship happens daily on TV for example, when a news program shows something graphic like a shooting they censor the Graphic Material, to prevent young viewers or people who prefer not to see it. Music shows a great amount by removing or bleeping out inappropriate material, and by creating clean versions.
In the future, censorship will hopefully bleep out all curse words not just the really bad ones. Maybe in the future we will not even need censorship because the writers of books and TV shows will not even use bad language. This will cleanse kids’ minds and kids will not be as exposed to cussing as they are today.
1.) What is censorship and what role has it played in the history of the Puritan and Protestant church?
1.) Examining thing and then suppressing the parts that are not wanted or accepted, the puritans believed that if you didn’t believe what they believed then they kicked you out of the church, unlike Protestants they were far less strict
2.) Should lawmakers have a right to censor material that they feel is inappropriate? Why or why not?
3.) What books have been banned in recent years and why were they banned?
I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
Reasons: Inaccurate, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.
Habibi, by Craig Thompson
Reasons: Nudity, and unsuited for age group.
4.) Should censorship play a part in literature and music today? Explain your answer.
To a certain extent to some people like the kind of music
5.) In your opinion what guidelines should be used to censor music, television, and technology (i.e. the internet, Facebook, etc.).
Interview with Mrs. Winstead
Interview an adult to find out their opinion about censorship on music and television and explain their viewpoint.
The first amendment gives us the right to free speech. This includes music, television, books, etc. So I believe we should have the right to write, read and publish anything. However, I think it is absolutely necessary for us to ‘self-censor’ meaning that we should all be able to decide what we want to read, listen to and create. It should not be decided for us.
Should lawmakers have a right to censor material that they feel is inappropriate? Why or why not?
We have the right to decide for ourselves what materials we choose to read and listen to. I do however think that ‘lawmakers’ can decide what is appropriate for groups of people based on their age. Video games for example have a rating system that in a way is ‘censoring’ what is and is not appropriate for children, teens and adults.
In your opinion what guidelines should be used to censor music, television, and technology (i.e. the internet, Facebook,
We all have the right to choose what we want to view and watch on the Internet. We need to make informed choices that are best for us as an individual.