Censorship From "Obscene" Material



Today, in the 1990's, citizens in our society are being bombarded with
obscene material from every direction. From the hate lyrics of Gun's 'N Roses
to the satanic lyrics of Montley Crue and Marilyn Manson to the sexually
explicit graphical content of today's movies, the issue is how much society is
going to permit and where we, as a society, should we draw the line. The
freedom of speech has always been considered a right, but that doesn't mean that
you can shout, "Fire!" in a crowded movie theater. The real question is whether
such material is harmful or dangerous to our society.
Many people are asking whether or not we should censor offensive
material. They believe that some ...

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offensive
material, there is no consensus on how to deal with the problem. There are
three possible solutions. The first is the possibility of government censorship,
which would include laws and penalties for breaking these laws. The second
solution is self-imposed censorship by individuals and corporations. The third
solution is total free speech with no censorship.
The first possible solution is government censorship. In the past
government legal actions have been taken to control offensive messages. For
example, in 1988, the Ku Klux Klan wanted to appear on a Kansas City, Missouri
public access cable channel. The city council decided that it would be better
to shut the public access cable channel down instead of letting the KKK air
their show. Later, under the pressure of being sued, the city council reversed
their decision.
Critics of this sort of action agree that these offensive messages do
exist, but legal action is not the way to deal with them. They believe ...

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