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The Dilemma Of Censorship Essay

1244 words - 5 pages

The Dilemma of Censorship

The issue of censorship always provides an interesting debate. There
are many intelligent and very valid arguments for and against the
issue. However I strongly believe that the act of censorship is

I believe that all films, songs and television programs should be
released uncut from any government or senior authority intervention.
A film or piece of music is a work of art, thus it should be marketed
as its creator intended. Because of this the cutting of a film or
censoring of a song is the same as the mutilation of a painting or an
act of vandalism.

Indeed musicians are often referred to as artists and this especially
true of those that right there own music, it reflects their emotions
and feeling and who has the right to censor someone’s feelings, past
and emotions.

In the case of films censorship is widely used as a marketing ploy.
The largest market for cinemas is the 14-17 age group. Therefore by
editing a possible 18 rated film down to a 15 it stands better chance
of being big at the box office, thus making it more money. This is
made more probable by the fact that in Britain cuts are agreed between
the British Board of Film Classification and the distributor-not the
writer or director! I understand that is not suitable for an 11 yr
old to watch a film with a large sexual content but instead of cutting
these scenes out to allow that age group to see it, it should be left
to the appropriate age to view. i.e. (certificate 18) The BBFC is
fully aware that if a film is given an 18 certificate than some 16 and
17 yr olds will see it and if a 15 certificate is awarded to a film
some 14 and 13 yr olds will see it, and certify the films with this in
mind. So in essence they are certifying it for a 16 and 13 yr old-I
classify this as an exceedingly ill considered and rash action. In
the current system it is the cinema managers job to oversee that the
correct age group do attend these films and not the job of a censoring
committee to make sure the film is suitable for any age group.

I think it is extremely important to note that most film festivals in
the world require no censorship- it is un-arguable that some of the
most individual and compelling movies never make it out of there
because of the writers, producers and directors rightful unwillingness
to allow some would be censors to tamper with their message and their

In the case of videos just because some parents cannot or will not be
responsible for the welfare of their children does not mean that we
should suffer. The majority of parents are responsible and know
something about how their child’s mind works and take it upon
themselves to make sure that they know the difference between the
world of film and the real world. They also censor the movies their

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