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Do you think the government should have the right to censor the media? If you're generally against censorship, are there any circumstances under which you feel it might be warranted?

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  • No I do NOT belive that the Media should be censored no matter how stupid they are. It would also stop real reporters from reporting real news. It will never be the same since Ted Turner sold 24 hour Network News. And the recent court decision blows my mind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rupert Murdock can say any thing he wants if he is tryng to get a story across, even total outright lies. That is not what I mean about censorship. Total lies should not be tolerated. What is going on in the supreme court. Those lies about events and people uses to be sued against. Now he cand do what he wants. no problem. Dragon

  • No. Never. The government should not have that right. I think the circumstances in which censorship should be warranted is when you're around children who are younger than maybe twelve because they don't need to be exposed to a lot of the things we feel we should be able to freely say, like curse words.

  • Never.
    Censorship is like taking a magic marker and scribbling all over a piece of artwork. It's totally and utterly disrespectful, limits the human emotion, and discourages individual thought.
  • I really don't know what to say on this issue. In the movies, we can say whatever we want as long as it fits a certain rating, on TV we cannot. I know there are certain channels like FX and AMC (?) that allow you to say "shit", and we've long since accepted the use of "bitch" and "ass" on most channels. We still can't use slurs of any kind, though. Recently, there's been the MTV VMA situation where everyone's cursing so much that the censors couldn't beep them all out. I guess it was supposed to generate ratings, but I don't know. I didn't watch them. There's also the Obama fiasco where he was talking to Matt Lauer about the oil spill and said "something something so I know whose ass to kick." I think Biden also said the F word in response to something, but I have no idea what it was. There was a debate on Fox News whether Obama's remark was considered "racist" or not, and it gives my aunt and my grandma just another thing that they can put against him. Outside of them, there really hasn't been too much controversy over it. Personally, I think that Obama wanted to sound tough so he chose those words over something less commonplace (let's hope he acts on his words). While it doesn't rustle my feathers too much, I think he should've chosen something more eloquent in a nationally-aired interview, 'cause I can't really take him too seriously after that. Some people find it "cool," but he didn't necessarily win me over. It probably shouldn't matter too much what he says as much as what he does. Going back to censorship on TV, the fact that there wasn't so much controversy shows that cursing in all its forms is garnering more acceptance. People don't care because it's just words. Yeah, there was some backlash against that movie with that 13-year-old whose part was required to swear a lot, but the truth of the matter is that that's the age when kids begin to swear regularly anyway. It doesn't make it right, but there's very little that can be done. Any kid with sufficient internet access plus enough adult usage at home will end up using those words in conversation or frustrated outbursts at some point. I'm told repeatedly at home that cursing makes you sound uneducated because those words are used by people who can't express themselves intelligently. Do I agree with it? Well, yeah, I do. It's hard not to use them when I fly off the handle, though. I develop a one-track mind when I'm angry and it's hard to think straight. I was asked, once, if I was adverse to it. What was I gonna say? I have no right to tell people what they can or can't say around me. The thing is, is that I don't understand why it's so hard not to use when you're not angry and in casual conversation. I've said this before: I guess it's because people think using it introduces a sense of informality to a conversation. Or, people think its makes them sound cool or tough. Or, I don't know, are people always that annoyed and angry? Whatever it is, when I hear it from people all the time, it just turns me off. I'm always surprised when professors curse in class, and I always think to myself, "you're probably really smart and all, since you're teaching this course, but why stoop to our level?" At my college, at least, half the kids don't seem like they care about school and are too busy texting on their Blackberry's or whatever. It just seems completely unnecessary on the professor's part. They can come off relateable without resorting to language like that. I guess it makes me lose a bit of respect for the professor. Unreasonably, maybe, but I'd prefer if they didn't use it. Eh, I know I have a very conservative outlook on the whole thng. Going back to the original question: does the government have the right? It doesn't make sense why TV and radio is censored but not for movies, magazines, and other content. This just doesn't go for cursing, it goes for nude/sex scenes as well. People don't want to see a lot of that, yet there are a ton of people who watch porn. I don't get it, really. (Okay, I'm sure there's enough people out there who look down on it, which I understand. I guess it also has to do with how people view body image in the US, which is a huuuuge problem.) My point is that I think it should be either all or none. Just like the movies, watching TV and listening to the radio are choices. There's no reason why one media outlet should be censored over another. P.S. If it's possible, the government should outlaw the paparazzi from taking photos of celebrities doing normal things. It's an invasion of their privacy and daily lives. Unrelated, but I saw a magazine today that had a screencap of the dead girl that was murdered by Joran van der Sloot or whatever his name is. What the heck was that? These people need to have some respect.

  • i don't think the government has the right to censor what millions of people can or can not listen to. However, i do agree that in some instances where censorship would be appropriate. for example when it comes to children

  • Одной из основных проблем современного общества является моральное разложение. Отсутствие цензуры СМИ лишь усугубляет эту проблему.
    Я обеими руками "за" то, чтобы правительство подвергло цензуре печатные издания, а также теле- и радиоэфиры.
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