America Censored: A Battle of Rights
Welcome to the United States of America. This is the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. A place where our forefathers once gathered and drew up the foundation for which we live our lives. The Constitution of the United States grants us a certain amount of freedoms for which we cannot be punished for. The first amendment to this constitution of the Constitution allows us the freedom of speech, religion, the right to assemble, and to express ourselves in a way in which we feel fit. Under this amendment, people such as musicians and newsmen and able to write and speak what they feel without being told that it is wrong. They cannot be manipulated to change their thoughts or views on a topic, or can they? Even though the first amendment protects freedom of speech and press people everyday fight not to be censored because they write and speak what they feel. When people are censored for speaking their mind, it shows that the first amendment is nothing more than a falsehood that protects some but not all.
Letís start this off at the very beginning. What is Censorship? According to The American Heritage College Dictionary to censor is, "To examine in order to suppress or delete anything considered objectionable" (American Heritage College Dictionary 226). So basically it is when a select group of people go through books, movies, and music, and ask that anything that might be seen as offensive to a group of people or anyone in general be removed from the publication. Right away you can see how by doing this a personís first amendment is being violated. If, as Americans, we are granted the freedom of speech and expression then having something you write or say censored directly violates this freedom. If people were able to have everything that they feels offends them censored then basically everything in the world would have to be censored. Not one thing in this world is so perfect to the point in which someone would not find something offensive about it. I mean itís really bad when Wal-mart decides that Eminemís cds are so controversial and vulgar that even the censored versions canít be sold there.
What people like Tipper Gore donít seem to realize is that by banning the sale of his cds all they are doing is giving him more media attention and helping him sell more records. Itís a proven fact that a personís cd could be at the bottom of the charts but as soon as something is said about the content of the lyrics that the sales of the cd will automatically start to increase. Before Eminemís The Marshall Mathers EP was even released it had gotten so much publicity that it went on to sell over 1.2 million copies in itís first week of sale. Some people would ask, "Why is that?" Well itís quite simple. Being the society that we are when we hear that something is horrible and shouldnít be published for anyone to see or hear, we go out and buy it to see what all the fuss is about. Do these people not realize...