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Jason Motbey

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Re: Censorship in the arts
Sep 3, 2008

I'm a multimedia and photography teacher. I post my own photos to an online artists community called Deviant Art. It's a place where other asrtists look at your work and offer constructive criticism. I've found it really useful for improving my own photography but I have a real dilema - whilst they prohibit pornography they do allow 'artisitic nudes'. That means that I can't use the site with my highschool students because not every parent is going to agree with the sites moderators on exactly where that line should be drawn.

How much should schools be sheltering their students from this sort of content? Who should be deciding where that line is drawn?


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Re: Censorship in the arts
Sep 29, 2008

In general I am against censorship of art. Just becuase someone creates it does not mean that I have to look at it if I find it to be objectionable. But I do beleive that there are some standards that a society must hold itself to, often expressed in law. I would not consider it true censorship if the government or a museum refused to display a piece that would fall afoul Canada's hate crimes or child pornography laws ... but artists should definitely be given full ability to express themselves within the realm of law.


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Re: Censorship in the arts
Oct 3, 2008

There's a difference between pornography and art. If the purpose of a photo is to arouse people, I don't think it's art.

But in general I don't support censorship of any sort if it doesn't offend "common decency". E.g. I don't think a government should allow nude photos to be plastered on public billboards, but I think it's perfectly all right for them to be published for private audiences.


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Re: Censorship in the arts
Oct 4, 2008

it depend on LAW and warrant also.
here, we had an era which is all history books are be ban by government. they banned just because the wrong information in that book that worried will be influence youth.


i agree to censors book in the art...but we should understand the border of art first, and understand law also


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Re: Censorship in the arts
Oct 25, 2008

I believe that censorship is wrong in the arts, in all cases.
People are always talking about censorship in 'extreme cases', but that's too subjective for my tastes.
We can make our own judgements. As for children, it falls upon the parents to decide what to expose their children to.


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Re: Censorship in the arts
Jan 25, 2009

I believe that censorship levels should generally be low, but in certain circumstances censorship is necessary. The censorships of books and movies in Schools should have certain rules, for example, you are not allowed to censor information based on some reasons. But censorship is sometimes necessary when the information is above the ratings of which children are allowed to read or see, or if it talks about subjects which may disturb or upset.

There would be other circumstances in which censorship is necessary, but I think that a few rules would provide a much needed guide to censorship, and help stop censorship purely based on reasons which are unjust. This issue also brushes with 1984 a book which explores a world of severe censorship. Censorship rules would help avoid even a less severe version of this, and allow the public to acces information which does not violate any rules.


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Re: Censorship in the arts
Jan 25, 2009

Censorship in the arts is rarely neccesary, but there are circumstances where it is needed. Such as the case of Bill Hensons art, he took nude pictures of a girl, then called them art. This was blatantly wrong, and it became a controversial issue. If we allow photos like these to be called art, where would we then draw the line. People could take pictures of anything, and allow it to be shown to the public because it is supposed "art". Censorship in art is neccesary in cases like these, otherwise we would be unable to draw the line somewhere, because people could call it "art" even if it's not, and get away with it.


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Re: Censorship in the arts
Jan 26, 2009

censorship in art has a time and place, i think the artist should have the choice to censor any part of his or her art


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Re: Censorship in the arts
Feb 1, 2009

I'm an art teacher and I completely disagree with censorship in terms of banning books or other material. I think it's more of the parents' responsibility to decide what is more appropriate for their children. However I believe that there is a fine line between censorship and being appropriate.


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Re: Censorship in the arts
Mar 11, 2009

Indeed...
Personally, I feel that it is wrong when a government censors something because the government fears whatever it was, but when you want to censor something for moral reasons, it starts to get sticky. After all, there is no universal definition appropriate.
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Re: Censorship in the arts
Mar 11, 2009

hi,
don`t you think it`s a superfluously question, if censorship could be ok, or accepted. maybe it`s because i always lived in europe.
but let me give you one example:
you remember the happening of gallileo gallilei and other sientists in the 15/16 century?
the shall be no power to anyone to underpress human opinions!!!
many women and sientists had to die, because of their convantion.
ehat could be the afereffects today, if some siectists discover something, what could bring a great difference in oposit of living and thinking today.
and besides, noone has to take on peoples opinions, so everybody should be free today.
i don`t really know, how it`s about censorship in china today. german media report, there`s a hard censorship, reporter get arrested for their doing, but peole who lived there told me otherwise.....do you exactly know?


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Re: Censorship in the arts
Mar 12, 2009

You make a good point about Gallelio. Da Vincis works were also vandalised by the inquistion, in order to protect their own vested self interest. The only censorship needed in the world is self censorship. Always be suspicious of people and organisation that want to limit access to ideas.
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Re: Censorship in the arts
Mar 14, 2009

Indeed.
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Re: Censorship in the arts
Mar 24, 2009

I, personally, am thinking along the same lines as Salman Rushdie. "If one loses the right to offend, then one loses the right to freedom of speech.". Or perhaps "It is very easy not to be offended by a book. Just close it.". This holds true for all arts, and all media. If it will offend you, don't look into the subject. Its that easy. No one has any right to tell another person what to look at, so Censorship, even for children, is nothing short of taking away that individuals rights and freedoms. People must judge right and wrong by their own moral code, not by the esoteric laws passed by the government.


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Re: Censorship in the arts
Apr 7, 2009

My personal web site, Citizen Sovereignty, shows up to the minute happenings in the censorship of the internet debate which is going on now in Australia.

http://citizensovereignty.net/censorship.php

The site has been put together to draw in information to keep an eye on what is going on and so that people can follow up with further research.

Censorship is a very complex issue, dealing with art, pornography/sexuality, political dissent and oppression, legal issues and with the internet- technology.

The site is meant to appeal to a broad age range, including young people. Apologies that there are occasional swear words in the Twitter feed but any Twitter user can post on that.shocked
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