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Feng 1 Fei Feng English 1A Professor Bonar 21 Jan 2006 Questioning the Need for Censorship In today’s movies rating system, a great number of movies have been rated as PG-13 or R. Consequently, parents may prohibit their children’s viewing of certain movies, employing a form of media censorship. Movies are generally censored because of their violence and horror. It is claimed that those types of movies have to be censored for the “good of the children”, but Stephen King, one of the most renowned and celebrated horror authors, disagrees with this idea. As King mentions, “a certain amount of fantasy and horror in a child’s life seems to me a perfectly okay, useful sort of thing” (541). “Suspension of disbelief” and “catharsis” allow the violent and horror movies to uplift people’s gloomy mood and dispel the seemingly omnipresent overcast of melancholy and depression. Considering the benefits from “suspension of disbelief” and “catharsis”, the censorship of violence and horror for the “good of the children” is simply unnecessary. In King’s essay, disbelief is defined as “a lead weight, which has to be hoisted with a clean and a jerk and held up by main force. ..... in this sense, kids are the perfect audience for horror” (539). It tells us that disbelief does not happen by itself; there has to be some kind of outside force to hold it up. The “suspension of disbelief” is the state in which this disbelief has been held up, which means that disbelief has been removed from people’s minds. It allows for an audience to become truly engaged with the sequence of pictures that is projected upon the silver screen. It makes the audience ignore the levelheaded matters and unifies the audience and the
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Feng movie. “Suspension of disbelief” does not affect adults as much because they generally consider matters with a more critical eye and greater skepticism. With innocent minds and pure imaginations, children are the best audience for horror movies. Yet horror movies are not the only forms of media that utilize these characteristics of children, other well-known childhood characters including Santa Claus make use of this knowledge. Who is Santa Claus? In the eyes of
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2008 for the course ENGLISH 1A english 1a taught by Professor Bonar during the Spring '07 term at Pasadena City College.

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