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Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
On the surface, censorship seems objectionable because it limits our freedom. But all societies need to suppress or restrict information that is offensive or potentially harmful. People depend on the establishment of some limits, some way of making distinctions between what is right and what is wrong. Censorship is actually beneficial to a society because it helps to establish ideals of what is proper in such areas as art, music, and literature.
Should society limit people's exposure to some kinds of information or forms of expression? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
When I was seven years old and would sit down with my uncle to watch Comedy Central, I would constantly hear a loud BLEEP. As first, I found it to be quite comical, but eventually it became cumbersome. Once my uncle explained that its purpose was to censor out profane words, I was infuriated. These words had become a part of everyday life for me, and I couldn't believe that the FCC would censor the words out when they were meant for humor. I believe that society should not be allowed to censor information, as seen through my experiences with Beyond the Chocolate War by Robert Cormier, and 1984 by George Orwell.
In the seventh grade, my humanities class read Cormier's Beyond the Chocolate War. Our teacher collected all of our books and proceeded to rip out a page she found to be offensive and "unreadable." Having paid for this book in its entirety, I stood to believe that she had no right to impose her views upon me. My friend came in the next day with his complete copy. I photocopied that page, and taped it into everyone's book in sheer defiance of the unjustified censorship. I was reprimanded as the issue rose to the school board, where I was vindicated. In this instance, censorship was uncalled for and had no right to be enacted.
In George Orwell's 1984, it is not one person who censors, but the entire government that commits the act. Winston Smith is caught between what he knows and what he is being told to believe. As everything the government delivers to him is censored, he fights to retain the ability to differentiate between what is behind the "BLEEPS" that he sees. He rebels in his own way, avoiding the grips of censorship in favor of a life where nothing remains in the unknown. Though he dies in the attempt, he dies trying to overturn the unnecessary use of censorship.
The small incident in the seventh grade proved a lot about me. I refuse to let someone impose their beliefs about offensive forms of expression upon my own beliefs. Though in a few exceptional cases, censorship may be beneficial, it remains to be a violation of one's right to all forms of free speech and expression.
GuruBlue- you told me to use a personal example, so here it is.
Sahil... I really believe this is the best essay you have written. It is interesting. It is personal. It is relevant today. Beyond that it is very well written an organized. Were there another number beyond 6, I would give you that. <G>
Furthermore, bravo for not being afraid to support in a positive manner what you believe.
Thank you very much!