Remember the day when you could say anything you wanted without worrying about someone telling you, “That’s not correct”or “don’t say that.” Yes? Everybody does. Many long to live in that era once more; they long to be able to speak their mind in public without anyone thinking they are weird or crazy. Lately it seems as though you have to retain your thoughts inside your mind and not say anything. Many college campuses and websites have started to establish rules which prevent people from saying what’s on their mind and writing or saying something which may harm others.
Many students, parents and teachers may think this is a bad thing but they don’t understand that censoring some things may have some benefits rather than being all bad. Censorship has a wide variety of uses and is used most often upon a large group of people in order to achieve desired effects. However, most uses have a common goal: blocking unwanted information.
One of the beauties and benefits of censorship is that on the internet, some websites have set up terms and regulations which prevent people from writing “hate comments” on other people’s pages or blogs. In the “good ol’ days” anyone could write anything about anyone, including racist, sexist and downright rude comments. An example of what the outcome of hate mail can be is Megan Meier. Megan Meier was a “bubbly” 13-year-old girl who suffered from depression; she met a boy online who quickly became her online friend. They held conversations for as long as six weeks until one day the “boy” abruptly ended their friendship saying that Megan was cruel, fat and a slut. She committed suicide the next day; her family later foound out that the boy was Megan’s rival’s mother. If we had internet censorship when this was going on, Megan Meier could’ve still been alive.
Another very good example of a good use...