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Ashley

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Censorship in the arts
May 15, 2008

Should books, art, music, films be censored? Who should decide what warrants censorship?

For example - many schools have banned books that are consider unsuitable or controversial for youth. Are schools being responsible - ensuring students are not exposed to offensive content? Or are they limiting the intellectual freedom of youth?

What do you think about censorship in the arts?

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Re: Censorship in the arts
May 20, 2008

It's really up to the school to make the discretion to whether they want certain books to be available to the youth that attend the school or not. Naturally, had somebody the want to find and read such literature, all they would have to do is find the book themselves.

Censoring all forms of art though, as in not letting a single person read, write, draw, paint, vocalize, or anything else along those lines, participate in sharing what is considered to be unsuitable, is essentially removing peoples ability to vocalize their thoughts. Nobody should be able to censor somebody's mind, soul, or heart. If somebody has something to write or paint or such, let them. They have the talent to so let them share it. Let them express their deepest emotions to the world if they so choose, no matter how they choose to do it.

Censoring art is making everybody the same. It's limiting creativity and inhibiting the ability to learn. Then what? I'm sure the only reason people could possibly think of completely censoring art, as in everything that is made or written must go through some form of censorship, would be so that people don't get distracted by words or any other rediculous reasoning. Otherwise nobody would agree.

Sure, I'm probably a little biased when it comes to reasoning because I consider myself to be an artist, not to mention my point is probably rather muddled in words because of I'm tired, but the point of all of this is that censoring the arts will harm us more than help us. Not to mention there's really no way that you could do it.

To put it into context, relating personally to me, my words are my soul. When I write something, it has meaning, power, and definition. My writing saved my life from spiraling into nothingness and has set me aflame with my need to express and learn.Through my writing, I have started reading more; amount wise and range. I'm amazed at what i've found to read. If this was limited, then I wouldn't have found all of the beauties that I've slowly tracked down and could never have thought it possible to share your emotions with the entire world.

In a nutshell, censoring the arts would be bad


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Re: Censorship in the arts
May 20, 2008

I don't personally believe in censorship of any sort. After all, once you start censoring things, where does it end? I read an article not too long ago, about a boy who had done an art project for his school. The project had Christian conotations to it which went against school policies, so the boy was suspended for a short time. He fought the suspension on the grounds that Jews were allowed to do art work depicting their beliefs, as were Hindu students and Native Americans, so why couldn't he? His question to the school board was something to the effect that if he were even slightly off white, would his art have been allowed?

I wish I could remember where I read this, and more of the details, but I do remember that he did win, and his art became allowed. Also, the school board changed their policy so that it was fair for all students.

Again, where does it end? The government already censors the news media, worse in the States than in Canada. Why should any censorship be allowed? Yeah, ok, if it's too graphic etc. for younger children, post warnings, etc, but to deny it is wrong!


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Re: Censorship in the arts
May 21, 2008

I think that censureship for the purpose of control is wrong. But just recently, in one museum there was an "art" exhibit that featured a film of a man brutally beating various animals. So yes, in some cases, censureship should be allowed. But only in extreme cases.


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Re: Censorship in the arts
Jun 19, 2008

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I personally beleive censorship is not right. Whats the point of creating something and at the end to find out it has to be censored. Everything created is for a purpose, and if it has a true meaning and a bold message and speaks the truth, there is no reason that it should be censored.


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Re: Censorship in the arts
Jul 5, 2008

I don't think censorship in general is ok, but I do believe that some things may not be appropriate to children of a certain age, as they are not mature enough to understand them.
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Re: Censorship in the arts
Jul 7, 2008

I think that censorship of the arts should not be allowed. When a government or a group in authority bans a certain type of artwork it is usually because they don't want the new ideas expressed to public. They don't want the public to start getting their own ideas and start questioning what the government is doing. I believe that if someone wants to publish new ideas it should be allowed. New ideas should be developed, because you never know, the one article or journal that is banned could have the ideas that could turn the world around for the better.
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Re: Censorship in the arts
Jul 9, 2008

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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Re: Censorship in the arts
Jul 9, 2008

I just looked at that news article and I do believe that picture should have been censored. But the girl five years older, still doesn't seem to mind the picture. So I guess if the person in the picture is alright with the amount of nudity then it's okay. But the only thing to wonder is whether the girl is actually okay with the picture or if her mother has just almost brainwashed her into believing that it is okay. It would be interesting to see the girl's opinion on the photo in later years when she is not under the heavy influence of her mother.


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Re: Censorship in the arts
Jul 14, 2008

I have to say I partly agree with all the posts here - censorship itself is not cool. It cannot make many happy.

Still, I do think it is necessary. A "necessary evil", if you will.

I think that exposing all the conditions for this censorship is impossible in one post, so perhaps we could discuss them if anyone is up for it.

I think these conditions deal mostly with these works and their exhibition in media. Not with works for private use.


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Re: Censorship in the arts
Jul 27, 2008

Personally I think censorship in general is wrong, especially when it comes to art because freedom of expression is one of a human's fundamental rights and censorship can completely destroy an artist's message. Great albums like Liz Phair's Exile In Guyville would never have seen the light of day if it was recorded in some places.
Then again I can understand why parents wouldn't want their kids to hear songs like 'F*** and Run' on the radio, and that Dutch guy's film about Islam was fairly needlessly offensive and was bound to provoke some kind of backlash. Still, the age restrictions put on films seem pretty arbitrary and age isn't a great indicator of maturity, people are different. I reckon it would be better if there was parental discretion up until 11 or 12 but then I think people can make their own minds up for what is suitable for them.


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Re: Censorship in the arts
Jul 30, 2008

Children are now tending to get into books that might be considered unsuitable for their age. However, if they enjoy them, there's nothing you can do about it. But if a teacher bans these books, then they are limiting the child's time spent reading. I reckon that if a child likes a book, keep it, but make sure that other children who might find it unsuitable don't get their hands on it!mad
However, there are a few books, such as 'Barry Trotter" that should never make their way into children's library. Books containing explicit language and sexual content should not be read to smaller children.
Speaking of which, child viewing of films with the AUS: MA, US: R or UK: 15 rating should be seriously taken into consideration by parents. And children should absolutely NEVER watch films with a AUS: R, US: NC-17 or UK: 18 rating because they are STRICTLY for adults!angry
Thanks for reading!big grin

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Re: Censorship in the arts
Jul 30, 2008

Schools are being responsible by stopping children reading things with exqisit swear words and sex in them because it seems that children are tending to borrow books with this stuff in them. but they are also stopping childrens freedom in what they get to read because certain books are not as bad as other books. but there are books like barry trotter which is an entire parody of the famous book harry potter it even copies copies the names of the books such as the magic biscuit a copy of the philosophers stone. there are also adult versions of books that can accidentily end up in school libraries, but there are also books like of lost world which contains the f word quite often in it but it is not even an adult book. angrybig
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Re: Censorship in the arts
Aug 3, 2008

I am very firmly against censorship in almost any case. I believe that freedom of speech is one of the most important freedoms that someone can have and that the government should not be able to dictate what people can read or view. I do think that rating systems are important, especially in media such as movies or video games, where it is near-impossible to "preview" the media, and that some restrictions be in place (like restricting pornography to young children), but I also think that everyone should be able to express views and experience others' views without fear.

At first they burn books. Then they burn people.


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Re: Censorship in the arts
Aug 12, 2008

Depends on the type of art. Actually, there're comissions established to agree on what bits of a certain film, say, are unappropriate, etc.
Today, the mass media is streaming mass shit, completely deprived of moral values or deeper meaning. No point in censoring that. Just dont watch TV.
The so-called modern arts on the other hand are again used for commercial purposes only.
We're in the age of absolute freedom of info lol. Enjoy!


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