This is a tricky one to explain but I'll try. 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 … more
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
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.