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Reno

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#1 12 years ago

Is it ethical for a government to try and censor its populace from media it considers to be undesirable? An example being China. Would you say the government's goals could be considered right if they're intentions are to prevent social decay and promote national pride? In the U.S. the same thing is done, to a lesser degree, with nudity and profanity on television. What in government dictates the balance between freedom and censorship as being justifiable or tipping that balance into tyrannical?




DavetheFo

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#2 12 years ago

The government is, in my opinion, not here to tell us what moral values we should have.

As for censorship, naturally I agree with having a watershed for the sake of children, but after that, if you cant handle swearing, violence, nudity or whatever, then maybe you shouldnt be watching that programe.

I especially believe that the news should never ever be censored, they should be able to tell the truth free from government interfering.




GOD111

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#3 12 years ago

No I am as principal against all kind of censorship. We don't see much of it here, and we mostly laugh when we're watching American shows with their "peeep"'s all the time. However, when it comes to things like child porn or something like that, it should defiantly be censored (read: forbidden). And I also think that if a child has been the victim of some crime, I don't see the need why they should show the face of the child. But swearing, nudity, unpleasant views, etc, I don't see any reason why it should be censored. And as is aid, it rarely is here.




Rich19

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#4 12 years ago

I am in principle against censorship of the media. However, in certain very very special circumstances it is acceptable. The only example in history I can think of is during WW1 (or was it WW2, i forget), when the British government stopped newspapers posting pictures of dead soldiers. The country was in genuine danger of being invaded, and needed as much support for the war effort as possible.




Emperor Benedictine

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#5 12 years ago

The only materials that should ever be censored are those which are obviously and significantly harmful for the viewers, or for the participants. I see no justification for trampling people's personal freedoms otherwise, when it would better serve the majority of people to be informed and able to access whatever media they want. Promoting national pride can be done without censorship and otherwise is self-deafeating. If a government has to hide the truth to make people proud, they would be better served tackling instead of hiding this problem. Censorship for the sake of preventing social decay is necessary to an extent, but it's taken way too far in most places, to the extent that most of it is pointless and patronising. Modern society should really be past the point where we need to hide "rude" words from children (and adults), for example...consider the consequences of removing this particualr element of censorship and you'll probably realise there aren't any.




Time2KILL

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#6 12 years ago

Actually by banning adult content is run by the government because some people find it degrating no matter how sexy! Thus to provide concideration to the minority. Its the concept of a democratic-republic.




Fez Boy

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#7 12 years ago

People are dumb, but they have a right to know the facts and interpret them in their own way. Therefore I disagree with censorship.




Pethegreat VIP Member

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#8 12 years ago

I do see the need for restriction on nudity, violence, and swearing during daytime TV. I don't want my son to wonder if Viagra is right for him. After a certain time like 10pm the flood gates of obcenity should be let loose upon on the mature, adult population.

I do see a need for censoring child porn. The kids in the videos are unwilling and under age. I don't need pedophiles to have fuel for their desires.

Other than that, I don't see a need for censorship. Give the people information, and let them make up their own minds. If you don't like it, you can just turn off the TV or install a filter.




Fez Boy

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#9 12 years ago

People are dumb, but they have a right to know the facts and interpret them in their own way. Therefore I disagree with censorship.




Time2KILL

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#10 12 years ago

I think to some of what goes on in Iraq simply shouldnt be mentioned such as where we attack, where are trops are stationed etc. Its just not safe for our own army.




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