First of all, no I do not like it when we are not aloud to express ourselves. That is what makes this country great. I always remember hearing about people like Terry Rakolta trying to get Married With Children pulled because she didn't like the show and what it had on for kids to see or one of millions of people who wanted Howard Stern's radio show pulled for one reason or another. I grew up seeing this all the time and all I could think of was "if you don't like it, change the channel." Don't bring attention to something you don't like.
Years later I heard the term "Art from Adversity" and around the same time I learned just what had made the aforementioned Stern popular. It's cause he WAS censored. Yes, he gets to cuss and swear up a storm now with even more descriptive terms for sex then before in his jokes and routines, but what made his show better in the years before was that he had to WORK for his creativity. His jokes were crafted better and were actually funnier before when he couldn't say the Seven Dirty Words, when he had to try and make jokes about something other then sex. He worked harder to be funny and was rather then having everything out on a blank slate and just, well not being as funny.
It ties into what TVTropes.com calls the "Precision F Strike" where you have the one character in a movie say that ONE profanity in the movie to get the reaction that it does, rather then in movies like Casino or Mallrats where the movie is NOTHING BUT F bombs and the word loses it's meaning. YEah your uncensored but lets be real, less is more sometimes, and just because you CAN say something does it mean you should? Is there a better way.
This was an odd review but one where it was a nice way of getting an idea out there. Maybe a censorship topic wasn't the best place to put this idea out there but lets wrap it up like this. Here on lunch.com, a guideline is in place to try and keep your reviews clean for all to read (last I heard anyway) and there have been a number of reviews I've written where I would LOVE to cuss out the topic in regards to something that I hated. Realizing that I can't do that, it forced me down another avenue to get my thoughts out and they turned out better for it and I as a result had a better piece that I wrote. Yes censorship is bad, but it can make you a more creative person by working harder for that you love.
Wise use of censorship frees people to think instead of being offended, and to communicate rather than just react. Foolish use of censorship shuts down thought and communication, replacing them with someone else's definition of the common good. But no censorship tends to have the same effect as well. I guess the question is, who do we want defining the common good, or who do we trust?
"Obscenity is not a quality inherent in a book or picture, but is solely and exclusively a contribution of the reading mind, and hence cannot be defined in terms of the qualities of a book or picture." -Theodore Schroeder
Born in Wausau Wisconsin. Move at an early age to Ventura California and lived for 8 years. Growing up in a big city landscape didn't prepare me for my next move: Archbold Ohio with a population of … more
Censorship is the suppression of speech or deletion of communicative material which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient to the government or media organizations as determined by a censor.