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Unformatted text preview: Richards 1 Andrew Richards Professor Horbey WRT 200.01 16 November 2009 Cursing is not a Curse In the article “Why We Curse. What the F***?” Steven Pinker gives an interesting viewpoint on cursing in American culture. The question of why we curse, as Pinker notes, is complex. There are many reasons to curse: to spark a laugh, to show the seriousness of the situation, or of course, just for the fun of it. Cursing is an everyday reality, but censorship implies that some don’t think it is appropriate for the masses. The reason why people think it is inappropriate is understandable: cursing is often disgusting, yet it is not fair to those who are mature enough to enjoy and appreciate cursing to just do away with it entirely. There are alternatives to censorship that can be made optional to get around censorship in media. First, it is important to note the complexities of society and its contradictory thoughts on cursing. It is truly fascinating how a culture can censor cursing if it considers itself mature. There is a paradox that exists here. If someone considers themselves mature than surely they can handle cursing without their head exploding. People may want censorship because they don’t want children exposed to it, or they may want censorship because they themselves don’t want to hear curses. There are two simple ways to get around these issues that are already in place. One would be simply to not watch the show that they see as profane, and the other would be to adjust the parental controls for their kids. Really, it should be the company and writer’s choice to include cursing and disclaimers. After all, it is nice to assume that the people that create this entertainment have some standards. Richards 2 Cursing brings in a certain demographic, what is becoming a more mature demographic....
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