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censorship outline - May 6 2007 Navigating Period 4 Senior...

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May 6, 2007 Navigating, Period 4 Senior Project Why Censorship is Unnecessary Thesis : In our society, media censorship proves that indecency cannot be clearly defined, does not allow people the freedom to make their own decisions, and significantly impacts creativity with no effects on human behavior. I. Introduction A. Definition of censorship: The suppression of words, images, or ideas that are “offensive”, which happens whenever some people succeed in imposing their personal political or moral values on others. B. Censorship is all around us and it’s carried out by the government as well as private pressure groups. C. Private pressure groups are groups such as religious affiliations which decide some form of material is inappropriate to be shown to people. D. With this in mind, one must question what is inappropriate or indecent and what is appropriate. II. Where is the line? A. Everyone in the world is unique and have varying degrees of tolerance.
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B. For example, if someone had a nazi symbol as a bumper sticker on there car, some people would just think that guy is a loser, but maybe some jewish people would be really offended by seeing that. 1. Different people find different things offensive due to the way the offensive material impacts them. 2. Where that line is varies to many different positions for all kinds of people. C. Another example is with violent video games such as Grand Theft Auto. 1. All of us may think this game is exciting and humorous due to the idea of being able to attack people on the street with all sorts of weapons like a golf club or a wrench. 2. However, if an older person over the age of seventy, for example, would see this game they would think is beyond offensive and that anyone who enjoys playing a game like that has a problem.
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