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Censorship is an issue that has been discussed across the world and throughout history Opinions on censorship can be found in the texts of many ancient and modern cultures There are many differences and similarities between the modern and ancient views on censorship These similarities and differences brought great debate to the ancient Greeks and modern American people Plato urged strict censorship of the arts because of their influence on molding peoples characters Plato argued to the people needed censorship to prevent chaos David van der Bokke a student at Monte Vista High School thought that the media should be censored because Children should not be subject to indecent material so as to corrupt their minds Movies are one of the biggest conveyers of morals and ideas to people in America The movie Money Train portrayed a criminally insane man that would like subway ticket booths on fire with gasoline A few weeks after the movie was in theaters someone started setting ticket booths on fire When the perpetrator was caught he blamed his actions on the movie He said that the movie influenced him into doing what he did In an online forum it was determined that Censorship provides people with a means of control Without censorship people would be able to separate the good from the bad Even though the film industry has for many years practiced a form of self-censorship it is not actively enforced In the 1920s responding to public demands for strong controls the Motion Picture Association of America imposed on its constituents a system of standards to approve movies A formal system of film classifications was begun in 1968 Under the system films are given ratings as follows G general viewing PG parental guidance advised PG-13 parental guidance advised for under 13 R restricted-persons under the age of 17 not admitted unless accompanied by parent or adult guardian and X persons under the age of 18
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