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Have you ever sat down on a Wednesday night with a hot buttery bowl of popcorn and a cold soda to watch your favorite movie in its television debut Watching closely with anticipation you prepare yourself for the great action and drama that captured your imagination when you originally saw it in the theater only to find that every swear word and potentially offending scene has been dubbed over or removed Dont you love it when badly mimicked mouth movements and the extraction of entire scenes have replaced all of the original thrill and suspense Of courseeveryone does dont they Seriously thoughwhy does the government find it necessary to force television stations to edit and censor all of the programs that are aired This editing and censoring may have been based on well-grounded ideas and morals but it has come to the point where it is becoming ridiculous The government interferes with public televisions broadcasts but doesnt bother regulating magazine or book publications Why is this you ask Good questionone that should be answered but can never seem to be The United States government claims that the filtering of public broadcasts is necessary to insure that programming remains educational and informational for the public If television was only shown in schools and other educational facilities censoring and editing could be completely justified There really is no reason for programming in Americas schools to be anything but educational This however is not the case Television broadcasts are received nationwide not only in schools but in homes and businesses as well When someone is relaxing in their private home they should be able to watch whatever they please There is absolutely no reason that someones personal tastes should be hindered or restricted by the government This not only violates the first amendment rights of producers and directors but also the first amendment rights of the viewers The first amendment guarantees freedom of speech to all free Americans
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