Censorship Summary

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"Censorship is the act of suppressing publications, movies, television programs, plays,
letters, and so on that are considered to be obscene, blasphemous, or politically
unacceptable" (MccGwire 4). Censorship should be enforced because it is needed into
today's society. Censorship needs to be used in media, hate speech, and obscene material.

To begin with, the media has very negative effect on society as a whole. "The mass
media—movies, television, and recordings—need to be regulated, and not only because of
appeals to irresponsible lust"(Lowenthal 19). "They have immersed us in violence as well,
habituated us to the most extreme brutality, held it up as a model and surrounded us by
images of hateful human types so memorable as to cause a psychological insecurity that is
dangerous"(Lowenthal 19). "The only answer is governmental regulation, if necessary prior
to publication—that is, censorship." (Lowenthal 19). The media has influenced young
children into thinking that violence is acceptable. Children learn acceptable codes of
conduct by imitating their mentors and others, such as celebrities that they look up to.
Society needs to set a good example for children so that they can build bright futures for

The media is partly to blame for many of the hate crimes that take place in today's world.
"Perhaps you have seen ‘studies' by some experts telling you that depictions of violence
do not lead to violent behavior. Pay them no heed. Even if true, which I doubt, there can
be no question that brutality brutalizes. It corrupts taste and poisons the imagination"
(Kimball 20). Violent video games, movies, and music lyrics influence people to retaliate
against those people that hurt them. In the past few years there have been a great number
of school shootings. Many of these shootings were copied off of famous movie scenes and
video games. These obscene aspects of the media need to be banned from children. Children
are still learning the difference between rights and wrong, therefore adults need to take
on this responsibility of censoring what children watch, read, play with, and listen to.

Hate speech should also be banned. "Free speech has a class line. It also has a class
responsibility. One person's beliefs cannot cross the line into threats of violence. Free
speech does not cover that" (Albano 31). "Those institutions most concerned with social
fairness have proven to be the ones most likely to promulgate anti-hate-speech rules"
(Albano 30). "Part of the reason seems to be recognition that hate speech can easily
silence and demoralize its victims, discouraging them from participating in the life of
the institution"(Albano 30). "If so, enacting hate-speech rules may be evidence of a
commitment to democratic dialogue, rather than the opposite, as some their opponents
maintain" (Albano 30). People should not have to put up with harassment by others. People
should not have to constantly live in the state of fear because others are threatening
them; this is an invasion of their rights.

"Obscenity has never been protected by the First Amendment, though today we have sunk so
low that some people, no doubt thinking of themselves as progressive revolutionaries, have
begun to argue that pornography itself—the most primitive form of obscenity—should
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