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rachel

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Re: Censorship in the arts
Apr 23, 2009

Censorship is usually a product of the caution not to offend a particular group of people, and people tend to be most offended by what they don’t understand. Censorship is an attempt at peaceful dialogue.
A lot of art tends to be subject to censorship. This is because art can so easily be misinterpreted, and these misunderstandings can be offensive. It’s important to keep a positive, open mind when interpreting art.



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Re: Censorship in the arts
Apr 27, 2009

I think it's up to the school or government on how much they want to censor in the arts. Some of the books in my school use foul language and swear words, and some are even graphic, but it does make for a good story.

Personally I think censorship in the arts is wrong. If we censor art, we are taking their freedom of expression.


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Re: Censorship in the arts
Apr 27, 2009

i dont know if radio programmes is art but a colugue of mine who produces a youth programme about reproductive health was complaining to me that his creativity is being limited because ussually producers and some older audience complain that he uses explicit language. but he told me that all he uses is youth slang which is understanderble by his youth targeted audience. so in this context, i think art should not be censored, the author, the subject matter and the targeted audience must be examined before we jedge any piece of art.


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Re: Censorship in the arts
May 7, 2009

Censorship is always such a delicate issue, because it invariably means the imposition of SOMEONE'S values and beliefs on someone else.

Arguments for and against censorship of the arts can be considered valid because on the one hand, there is the need to protect children and otherwise vulnerable audiences from what has been termed 'overexposure'... and on the other hand, it can be argued that freedom of expression is lessened and even threatened by efforts at censorship.

So, really, prudence dictates careful consideration of the individual and unique contexts within which censorship is being considered. I believe that a general yes or no answer is not necessarily wise, since the world is so vast and varied. Each situation should be judged on its own merit and a decision should be made accordingly.


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Re: Censorship in the arts
May 22, 2009

I don't believe in censorship. Freedom of opinion and choice is very important so that people can look at different points of view. And it should be an individual choice whether you would like to read a certain book or watch a certain film or choose not to watch it. At the same time, I feel literature or media that deliberately promotes hate for a particular person, or a group of people and incites violence should most certainly be censored. But one thing I feel strongly about is access to certain types of books, films, plays etc. in schools that society ordinarily considers offensive. I think children should be exposed to neutral viewpoints so that they can decide only when they're older, mentally and emotionally more capable to choose any art form that may not be the norm.


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Re: Censorship in the arts
May 25, 2009

Censorship is always a tricky subject.
It is always based on what how easily you are offended or how you interpret various opinions. There is really no right or wrong here because censorship itself is a paradox:
Censorship is a controversial subject about what is controversial or not.


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Re: Censorship in the arts
May 26, 2009


kristenmariek wrote:


Censorship is a controversial subject about what is controversial or not.


That was very well put.


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Re: Censorship in the arts
May 26, 2009


kristenmariek wrote:


Censorship is a controversial subject about what is controversial or not.


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Re: Censorship in the arts
Jul 10, 2009

I think it's less a question of censorship and more a question of restricting what children can and cannot see.

That aside, I think censorship should only exist in very few situations.


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Re: Censorship in the arts
Jul 14, 2009

If they started banning books like "Frindle" I'd have a f**king melt-down. Anyways censoring would be nice in some books.
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Re: Censorship in the arts
Aug 21, 2009

I think its not advisable to do it because we all know that in creating an art we express fully our thoughts, our selves to everyone. smile


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Re: Censorship in the arts
Sep 3, 2009


ioanap wrote:

I've read something interesting in the newspaper yesterday. In Australia there is debate over the front cover of one art magazine that had a nude of a 6-year old.

I've found the story on an English blog as well: http://www.artnewsblog.com/2008/07/art-monthly-nude-girl-cover.htm

I'm not sure how I feel about this - whether in this particular context art should be censored.
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I think that art should not be censored yet it has been for years. Just look at the school versions of Shakespeare's plays. They were always cut. Sadly nowadays you don't even get the cut plays as they only concentrate on the questions being asked in the exams.

Having looked at the cover I think, to quote the Bard, it is Much Ado About Nothing. It is such an innocuous picture that you have to question the morals of the people complaining. Are they closet pedophiles? There is nothing wrong with that picture at all.
I seem to think there was another like this in the UK or perhaps the USA, when an artist was taking photos of her own children. Some people got extremely vexed about something that was quite innocent and really turned into something sordid. I think gallery was raided by the police.

Nowadays in the UK there are so worried that fathers and grandfathers are being stopped from taking photos or video of their own children at school activities like school plays and sports and any news item that may involve schools or children means that we are subjected to blurred television pictures. Why? Just don't show anything but the newsreader you morons.
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Re: Censorship in the arts
Sep 4, 2009


jodevizes

Nowadays in the UK there are so worried that fathers and grandfathers are being stopped from taking photos or video of their own children at school activities like school plays and sports and any news item that may involve schools or children means that we are subjected to blurred television pictures. Why? Just don't show anything but the newsreader you morons.


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grin I agree. people have becomea bit too paranoid. even looking at or admiring children is seen as a crime. in order to prevent sexual molestation i think sometimes we over step the boundaries and can't distinguish between what really is okay and what is really not okay.


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Re: Censorship in the arts
Sep 4, 2009

Perhaps people are afraid of that monster that lives inside of you. You know, the one that thinks all the thoughts that you know you shouldn't be thinking.

What I say is this: you're human. You have your weaknesses, but you also know restraint. It's alright to think those thoughts, as long as you don't let them become you, or guide your actions.

Of course, people are lazy, and it's much easier to make a fuss about something than to fight that internal battle.
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Re: Censorship in the arts
Sep 14, 2009

porn is art and shouldnt be censored


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