Censorship of Music

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Jon Alquist ENGL 015 Eric Otto 15 November 2006 Censorship of Music Throughout time governments have controlled what information can be viewed by its public. In the third century B.C. , the Ch’in dynasty of China went as far as burning the imperial archive in order to with hold information from the public (Nuzum 4). Four months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which drew the United States into World War II, Byron Price, the Director of the Office of Censorship, had nearly absolute power over radiobroadcast companies and newspaper (Sweeney 7). With this much power, Price was able to control nearly everything the public heard at this time. This ability to control what the public heard can be a very powerful means of control. With this power, a single person can legitimately control every thought of every person. Censorship is used to control people’s thoughts. The freedom to hear the truth is the first thing advocated by the Constitution of the United States. Altering what the public perceives about an issue is in direct violation of the First Amendment, yet it seems that the public is constantly being restricted by censorship, even in the music we listen to; we are forced to hear the tainted “truth”. “Musical censorship is any discriminatory act that advocates or allows the suppression, control, or banning of music or music-related works against the wishes of its creator or intended audience” (Nuzum 7). When censors censor material, they fail to realize they actually tend to oppose the ideals they labor to protect (Nuzum 7). The First Amendment protects the American public’s freedom of speech from being taken away from them by the government. Though
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Alquist 2 censorship in media is continually increasing and removing more “objective” material from the public’s eyes and ears. They say the Amendment only protects the public from the government though, not from greedy production companies. It is them who censor the media we desire. Censorship in music seems to have been hit harder than nearly all other forms of art by these production companies. The censorship of the music industry is an injustice primarily because it is discriminative as compared to other forms of art, places the judgment solely in the hands of those who only wish to harm to the medium through their misguided opinions and bias ideology, and impedes the spreading of a musician ideals as meant to be voiced. Musical censorship promotes discrimination in two ways.
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