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Television Censorship Television is a very important part of the American society today It is estimated that the average American watches up to 675 hours of television dailyFlahey 35 But does something that is such an influence on the American society need to be censored Chambers English Dictionary defines Censorship as the authorization to examine books films television or other material and remove or suppress what is considered objectionable 50 When anything goes through a process of censorship a committee reviews it and deems it acceptable or unacceptable for the common viewer Censoring television is an unnecessary and unconstitutional way of controlling what people see Many people for the censorship of television argue the point that media shapes society This means that the way people in society act today is a direct result of what they observe on television Also argued is that TV provides a small number of role models and children who view these programs will act poorly towards others just as they have seen on television Many believe that if television is censored society will change along with it for the better However this is not the case at all If television is censored society is not likely to follow in suit For many children the forbidden and mysterious are more attractive and they will strive towards what they can not have or see Therefore it is best to allow them access to these things so that they will know the problems and be more likely to avoid them A previous case of television censorship leads me to believe that society will not change if censorship is implemented In the early 1980s cigarette advertisements were banned from television in the United States Even now many ads on TV are directed towards helping smokers quit However the American Heart Association indicated in a 1998 survey that smoking has not decreased In fact more than 26 million men 282 and 231 million
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