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From matthewksproulrose-hulmanedu To QUICKPAPERSTOTALLYNET Subject Submit a paperDate Sunday November 09 1997 559 PMTitle Art CensorshipCategory EnglishDescriptionBody of paper Everywhere people go they are affected by art Some persons choose art museums musicals operas or plays for entertainment A lot of people may not attend events like these but they will encounter art everywhere around them Magazines books billboards buildings movies parks and city plazas are just a few of the places where art is located Society cannot escape art nor should it want to Art speaks to our emotions and makes a connection to our lives For some people movies music or books provide this connection for others it may be sculptures playwrights or paintings Heins 5 Art and entertainment often make political statements and move people to action Unfortunately these political statements are causing a cultural war in the United States The place of the arts in society and what role government should assume in supporting them is being questioned Who is to judge what art is worthy of funding and what art is not The government is trying to mandate standards of content and taste Heins 4 The cutting of federal funds that go towards artistic programs which the government considers obscene is unconstitutional and a form of censorship There are three strong point that need to be examined when dealing with art censorship Beauty is in the eye of the beholder Nobody can clearly define obscene art Second since the United States is a democratic nation the government should not be able to instruct artists on which art they can or cannot create Finally if society is to expand as a whole how can it possibly grow when other peoples differences are not acceptedOne mans junk is another mans treasure The definition of obscene varies greatly from one person to another Some dictionaries might define obscene as offensive to accepted standards of decency or maybe it means having lustful and indecent
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