Then the symbol of your country can’t just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the ‘land of the free’.” The quote basically states that freedom of speech is actually being able to burn the American flag without being arrested. Secondly, flag desecration is protected under the First Amendment. The First Amendment reads: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
For example, the Mass Observation team picked up that people didn’t feel safe using the government shelters. However, instead of making the shelters better, they did a propaganda campaign advertising how good the shelters were. One of the ways of controlling what the people of Britain knew and didn’t know was censorship. The government banned anything that would demoralise the public, or get people to think in a negative way; they didn’t print anything that would make people feel as if they were being defeated. Many photographs and stories were not published until after the Blitz had ended.
"Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one’s thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants….Equally clear is the right to hear. To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.” Frederick Douglas. The fact of the matter is that burning or desecrating the flag is protected by the first amendment, and is backed by two Supreme Court cases.
Julie Pense English 101, sec DE 08/25/14 Rough draft V’s Prolixity In reading “V for Vendetta “by Alan Moore, I have come to an understanding that some of society see V as a terrorist and not for the good but in my opinion he is very mad and angry at society, the way it’s going with all the wrong and how the government is are treating its people. Which brings me to ask the question is “V” a terrorist or an anti- super hero to the people? The novel “V for Vendetta” has many different arguable points. One of “V” points would be, freedom or dictatorship. "V" has many complex and interesting sides to his character or shall we say archetype.
If they let that happen to Meredith, we don't need an American flag (Street, 2013).” It was against the law in New York to desecrate or speak against the flag; he was arrested, charged, and convicted. He lost all his state appeals and was finally heard by the Supreme Court on October 21, 1968. The Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision overturned the conviction under the grounds that it was
Over recent years many people have decided that speech should be edited if not all-out censored. This censorship of speech is commonly known as "political correctness." However, requiring people to be politically correct and punishing them if they are not, is unconstitutional, for it inhibits a person's right to be honest, and to question authority. Political correctness was introduced in the 1980s. It was introduced in an effort to increase tolerance for a diversity of cultures, race, gender, ideology and alternate lifestyles.
No one can control this loss of freedom. People are born and rights and freedoms are instantly lost. Even though Aldous Huxley’s story, Brave New World and George Orwell’s story 1984 portrayed different predictions of what society could be in the future both stories shared a common loss of freedom of their people because of restrictions, the governments overstepping power, and brainwashing techniques. In both stories there was evidence of restrictions that lead to the loss of freedom of the people in their societies. One of the main pieces of evidence in George Orwell’s novel 1984 was the use of constant surveillance of their people with telescreens and spies.
The book 1984 by George Orwell is one of the most powerful warnings ever issued against the dangers of a totalitarian society. It illustrates the worst human society imaginable, in an effort to convince readers to avoid any path that might lead toward such societal degradation. In his book, Orwell talked about the invasion of government into our lives, the effect that it would be on our freedom and the repercussions in everyday life. He describes a world beyond our imagination. Now it is being said the Fourth Amendment’s promise of protection from government invasion of privacy is in danger of being replaced by the futuristic surveillance state Orwell described (Liptak, 2011).” By the same token, does 1984 present a startling and haunting vision of the world today?
The Significance of a “Brave New World” Huxley is trying to get a lesson across, that technology is destroying the basics of society: family, cultural diversity, art, literature, science, religion and philosophy. He specifically uses John for this purpose. He also uses John to get his warning across about socialist and communist attitudes and to some degree his opposition to a capitalist consumer society. He uses some of the themes of the book to warn humanity as a whole about the use of technology to control society, the dangers of an all-powerful state and the incompatibility of happiness and truth. These warnings are relevant to today’s society because technology and media are changing the way we look at human feelings and rights, trying to avoid a society where people are not so much denied human rights such as free speech and expression but conditioned to not care.
Dystopia refers to a fictional society whereby the conditions of living are exceedingly low, in many cases due to oppression, greed and prejudice. Over time, dystopian writers have evolved significantly from a futuristic world to a world that question upon present-day references to serve as critiques on contemporary societies and governments. This provides us greater insight upon the unsettling reflections on our desire to retain our identity in a world depleted from individuality and the world’s amoral desire for power and control. Such concerns upon dystopia are thoroughly explored in Alfonso Cuarón’s 2006 film ‘Children of Men’. The film takes place in Britain in the year 2027, describing the devastation of the world due to nuclear and environment destruction, whereby women have become infertile.