Term Paper on Censorship In Music

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Censorship In Music

Censorship in music is a topic that has brought about much controversy in the past two
decades. There have been many different arguments on the topic, however the question still
remains as if it should be censored or it should not be censored.

Before you can form an opinion on this, you must hear both sides of the argument on this
much-debated topic. Some people believe that music should be censored so all audiences can
hear it without it containing any controversial lyrics. Others believe it should not be
censored and musical artists should be able to speak, sing, rap, or rhyme freely without
anyone censoring them.

"Whether a person finds a work obscene depends largely on his or her moral or religious
beliefs. These views change with each generation and further complicate the censorship
dilemma." (Censorship by, Bradley Steffens page 97)

The quote above is very true. Religious or moral beliefs have a great influence on how a
person feels about censorship, and as generations pass on the common beliefs on it may
change. Right now, America is more uncensored than ever. However, things were very
different a few generations ago.

Some people believe music should be censored. They believe some of the language musical
artists use is vulgar, obscene, and crude. Also the fact that music is played on medias
such as radio and television, which are free to listen to by all audiences, and there are
many parents that would not wish for their kids to hear foul language. So on radio and
televison any controversial language is either silenced, edited out by a soft sound, or
some artists make two versions of their songs; one that is made for the artist's album,
which is uncensored; and one for televsion and radio with any controversial words change
to be acceptable for all audiences. This does not include cable television, which can be
audited by parents since the parents must order and pay for the channel to be viewed.

"Preventing or punishing speech…is a clear violation of the First Amendment."
(Censorship. Opposing Viewpoints by, Greehaven Press page 147). This quote here is the
"battle cry" of many anti-censorship groups. When you really think about it, it is a
violation of the First Amendment, which says: "Congress shall make no law… abridging the
freedom of speech or of the press". The First Amendment guarantees the right to freedom of
speech, and censorship is violating peoples' rights to say whatever they want to say. It
is sometimes difficult to understand when a child gets punished for using foul language
meanwhile the child's parents have the right to critiscize and petition the government
whenever they feel the need to do so. Many musical artists feel that when they are forced
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