Saturday, July 28, 2012

Censorship, A Banned Idea

Censorship curbs the right to speech of people, taking a statement out of context to be made incomprehensible. The post is about a topic that has confused and bothered me for a long time.

With the passage of time, the world governments are responding to the wishes of the majority. The majority, we are told, looks at the net as a dangerous monster - to the average individual, the net is nothing but a threat, threatening to steal the childhood from their children. But will banning the net indeed help your children? Remember that the apple was forbidden, and that's why Eve wanted it.

Of course, no one has any idea about how the majority views the net, but since only a small minority are actually on the net, the majority's ideas are likely to be based on media reports rather than on actual experience, which is nothing short of delightful and life changing.

Those in favour often say that scenes of people consuming alcohol or smoking tobacco influence people to copy them, but do they mean that the most adaptive and intelligent species in the world is nothing but a cheap imitator of little stunts?

The net with its inherently changing nature and the array of promises it holds, including the end of mass media, the beginning of individual media, and the equality of it all, seems ideally designed to further the cause of education and developing the human brain in a far more interactive fashion. And people want to censor that.
Censorship is telling a man that he can't have a pizza just because a baby can't chew it.

Besides decency is subjective. One's definition of decency (and indecency) mostly comes from the family as informed by the culture. If sex related topics are completely censored, most of the teenagers in this world will have no knowledge of the 'more than a miracle' reproduction process in a human being; in themselves.

Censorship has been abused in the past( The China Ban) and will be used by the Corporate forces in manipulating the minds of an internet user by hiding the frank and bitter truths. Censorship works against ingenuity and creativity.

Why is it okay to see man boobs when you censor a woman's? Is that because one produces milk and the other doesn't? in that case why don't you censor all the cows? they are basically a megaton of boobs walking around.  - Ryan

In Our Speech
Why is it not okay to say a particular word? If because of the meaning behind it, then why is it socially acceptable to say the word 'Hate' when 'Fuck' has to be censored? Remember, we were told that sticks and stones may hurt, but the words will never harm us. Now where is that ideology?

It's not that cursing hurts people, they are just taught from the starting that it is bad, so it is bad. Why is a movie rated 'adult' when it contains sex and curses and another rated safe for children when it contains violence and blood? Cursing is a form of freedom of expression, taking the stress away from a situation, breaking the ice in some other. Cursing may be inappropriate at times, but so is speaking.

Censorship may be an ideal, but it is looped and impossible to achieve. So instead of having a middle ground, just leave the thing you don't understand, because an average internet user will. The more you tighten your grip, the more of us will slip through your fingers.
The world can only be redeemed through action - movement - motion. Uncoerced, unbribed and unbought, and internet is a part of us.
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