Fahrenheit 451 Position Essay

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In the book Fahrenheit 451 one of the major topics that are portrayed throughout the whole book is how censorship dulls minds and leave people clueless. Although I found it more interesting to write about a world with as much censorship, and yet still find the positive points. What is censorship? “Censorship is the suppression of speech or other public communication which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient as determined by a government, media outlet, or other controlling body. It can be done by governments and private organizations or by individuals who engage in self-censorship. It occurs in a variety of different contexts including speech, books, music, films and other arts, the press, radio, television, and the Internet for a variety of reasons including national security, to control obscenity, child pornography, and hate speech, to protect children, to promote or restrict political or religious views, to prevent slander and libel, and to protect intellectual property. It may or may not be legal. Many countries provide strong protections against censorship by law, but none of these protections are absolute and it is frequently necessary to balance conflicting rights in order to determine what can and cannot be censored.” If there were censorship, Internet and magazines would get rid of pornography, keeping children safe from temptations. Books would be under more strict rules on what you can write about. Music would be less vulgar, have less sex, less profanity, and less references to drugs. Television would also have less vulgarity, less sex, less profanity. Certain countries ban magazines that feature pornography, like Penthouse and Playboy for their vulgarity and openness towards exposing the human body. The Internet is a big devil in our present media age, and the content that it provides (some of which is free) is dubious

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