Censorship Essay

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Censorship is a word of many meanings. It refers to the suppression of information, ideas, or artisic expression by anyone, artists, writers, government officials, church officials, and artists themselves. In the legal sense it refers to the prevention of circulation of certain messages that the government feels has the ability to do harm to individuals, or society as a whole. I believe censorship effects us most in newspapers, music, television, and films. These are subjects that can not be avoided.Music has a big effect on the people who are listening to it. It has grown to be one of the largest ways to express ones self. The censorship of music differs from state to state but they all seem to be reaching the same ideas and goals. Most states in the US have become stricter with the censorship of music as they realize how much it has grown to an explicite level in the past 30 years. In 1990 the Recording Industry Association of America decided to prevent kids under the age of 18 of buying explicit music.This was a result of rap groups obscene and explicit lyrics. Black-In-White labels were voluntary placed on the covers of music albums across the US. As a result of this many anti-censorship groups have acted such as National Campaign for Freedom of Expression. Which holds many group meetings and writes to government officials. "Entertainment Monitor editor-in-chief Charlie Gilreath, who lambasted music industry execs. for exploiting musicians, particularly rap music artists. "They are being exploited and it is a shame," said Gilreath, who said the recording industry's current labeling system has become a marketing device. "A child looking for hardcore rap records is not going to buy one that does not have (an advisory label) on it," he said."* http://home.xnet.com/~paigeone/noevil/wahearings98.html* Another act that censors are trying to pass is to have ratings on concerts." Venue managers and politicians across the US are calling for a rating system on popular music concerts. Managers met in November, in Florida, to discuss a concert ratings system. In an effort to save their jobs and placate complaining parents, managers are urging the music industry to develop and enforce a restrictive ratings system on concerts. Suggestions for ratings systems have ranged from applying the RIAA Parental Advisory labels on cds to tickets for concerts, to a system similar to the ratings currently placed on movies, to a specific content based system which could label concerts with a V for violence or S for sex. All of these systems are intended to restrict access to 'objectionable' concerts by fans under 17. Many managers have threatened to develop and enforce their own individual ratings schemes if the industry does not create one. One venue manager who has spoken out in support of ratings which would censor music is, Scott Williams, general manager of the Delta Center in Salt Lake City."* http://www.massmic.com/conratings.html* It seems to me as I have been...

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