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Our society today largely views censorship as a method that has disappeared from liberal cultures since the enlightenment with the exception of restrictions in time of war The enlightenment served to cripple the intolerance of incisive religious and government leaders but did not obliterate censorship altogether Instead the job of expurgating unacceptable ideas has simply fallen into new hands using new tactics Censors now assume the guise of capitalist retailers and distributors special-interest groups and less influential but still passionate religious and government authorities Their new techniques are market-censorship dominating the marketplace constituitive censorship the control of language power-knowledge restricting knowledge as well as the traditional regulative censorship law These new forces can be as equally effective as the forces of remote history We notice the effect of post-enlightenment civilization as early as the nineteenth-century in the great Russian humanist Aleksandr Herzin Herzin left his native country in protest of Czarist censorship only to feel profound disillusionment with the extremely narrow limits of permission imposed on freedom of expression by market censorship in the West Jansen 1991This author will explore how these forces are affecting the free expression of musicians and lyricists of popular music in the United States show how censorship has failed to work as planned and provide a solution to the problemMusic lyrics are essentially composed as poems ballads monologues and the like and set to music They may take the form of actual spoken or sung sounds or of written words as literature does Any form of literature can be sung with musical accompaniment and become lyrics Remove the music and we are left with literature Lyrics are therefore a form literature All the concepts that apply to literature can therefore apply to lyrics This author shall employ such concepts including laws regarding public speech and public press in my analysis of music censorship Censors throughout history are familiar with this association of music and the press attacking each in similar
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