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Censorship s Censorship so far as I see it is like a law which prohibits swimming altogether because such a law will prevent someone from swimming in a sewer Brower 1 Here in the twenty-first century the banning of thoughts and ideas in humanities and media has become one of the most widely disputed issues facing this country Though it is highly controversial hazardous to literature and unconstitutional censorship is rampant in America Censorship is defined as Policy of restricting the public expression of ideas opinions conceptions and impulses which have or are believed to have the capacity to undermine the governing authority or the social and moral order which that authority considers itself bound to protect Abraham 357 There is said to be four different categories which are referred to as political religious against obscenity and censorship affecting academic freedom All of these categories are equal in their destructiveness towards free speech There are two different forms that censorship takes prior which refers to advance suppression and post facto which is suppression after it has been published Brower 5 Authorities since the beginning of the written word have used both of these forms of censorship Throughout history figures that dont have the real power to censor resort to personal pressure tactics to intimidate those who have influence over or in command of channels of communication The McCarthy era during the 1940s and 1950s is a compelling example of this During this time there was blacklisting of controversial literary figures as well as performing artists thus blocking their employment in certain media such as movies radio and television By doing this they accomplished the task of preventing the public from seeing what they considered to be objectionable material Dubin 27 There are many rationalizations that are used by people that promote censorship The first rationalization is that ideas presented or about to be presented are false andor dangerous by the standards of the
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