February 13, 2015
"The W***t Things About Censorship”
Teachers being suspended, social networking sites blocked in the net, banning YouTube, authors being prohibited from attending speaking events, all results of not presenting themselves and their beliefs in public, “appropriately”. They seep into our textbooks and school buildings, all in the name of protecting our children. People use censorship to the point that anything sensitive to civilians should be blurred, and anyone among those who disagreed, would be discriminated. Books such as Fahrenheit 451 were successful in displaying the gravity of erasing these records from existence, as they contained information crucial to our history. Ironically, Fahrenheit 451 had been banned from the United States due to its vulgar language and rocky train of ideas several years within its release. Although it is logical to censor materials offensive to the public eye, restricting people from their exposure to certain things, is violating the First Amendment. People end up taking far measures to prove their point and their need to blur anything they oppose. To avoid a situation such as this, where one’s freedom is being contradicted by another's, censorship itself should be erased from society.
Books have been the subject of controversy for decades, being accused of containing unnecessarily threatening topics that deeply affect those sensitive to it. Even schools, the place where books are supposed to be most worshipped, also stand their ground about ridding of materials that challenge the community’s view of “clean content”. However, the purpose of books is being demurred by cleansing materials for the sake of censorship. The knowledge books bear, is clearly justified by, “Orwell feared that we would become a captive culture,” (Postman) referring to the banishment of books from society. As Orwell claimed, banning books is leading our society down a narrow trail, where we become oblivious to our surroundings. The fact that we would become numb to the events in our world is also highlighted by “Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us.” (Postman) The only sense of rationality that humanity would have is what we are brainwashed to act upon. Books; knowledge that we obtain from books is what is keeping us in the light of economy, and taking that away from us is getting rid of something that makes us humans: consciousness. Ridding ourselves of that would be to intentionally turn a blind eye to the confinement of our individuality. Aside from that, you lose the ability to see yourself sift in and out of a new light. “Books can only reveal us to ourselves, and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside,” (Thoreau). This emphasizes the gravity of the outcomes if books were to be completely eliminated from existence. We would become strangers not only to our peripherals, but to ourselves and our identity as well.
Books were brought to life...