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censorship in the media Censorship has become far too common in todays society It has been and is being misused The following paper discusses this controversial subject and its related effects to certain groups in our society The freedom to read is essential to the democratic way of life But today that freedom is under attack Private groups and public authorities everywhere are working to remove both books and periodicals from sale to exclude certain books from public schools to censor and silence magazines and newspapers and to limit controversial books and periodicals to the general public Callwood The suppression of reading material is the suppression of creative thought Books and periodicals are not the only ones being suppressed by pressures to the political and social systems They are also being brought against the educational system film radio television and against the graphic and theater arts Whenever these attacks occur they usually fall under at least one of the following categories religion war and peace sociology and race language drugs sex and inappropriate adolescent behavior Jenkins What is obscenity Clearly something hard to talk about constructively Honestly obscenity is a difficult topic to discuss After all what makes a thing obscene It is something to vague to be defined Its an elusive term we use but cant explain Different people often see things differently Some see obscenity in nude pictures statues paintings etc While others find less obscenity in these things All the same obscene isnt the same as wrong or bad Clearly obscenity is not identical with evil It only covers a single segment of it But what is that segment A look at the words obscenity and pornography suggests that it is a segment that didnt worry people very much till relatively recently Collins
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