January 29, 2013
Censorship of the Media
A significant and possibly upsetting shift is currently developing concerning the way that government officials control mass media in the United States. Throughout the latest congressional hearings on broadcast television and radio violations of Federal Communications Commission obscenity values, numerous officials suggested that they thought that federal censorship efforts should go beyond licensed television and radio operatives to unlicensed media sources, such as cable, satellite, and Internet providers. This controversial topic has brought out many emotions from Americans on whether government should enforce this or not. There are multiple pros and cons to the government regulating it, however, the cons out way the pros.
Having our media censored possibly adds protection to individuals. The media bombards some families when a catastrophe strikes them whether they want to be or not. When these family’s situations are exposed on the media, their private life is also. Censoring these peoples identity helps them preserve their privacy. By preserving their privacy, it also helps keep them safe. Media is accessible by almost everyone. In most cases, the location of the family and other personal facts, are broadcasted for everyone to see, putting them at risk. An example of a positive way that censoring was used is the killing of Osama Bin Laden. If the media had known anything about it and released it to the public, the operation would have fallen through very quickly. One last pro of censoring the media, is that it protects young children from seeing or hearing things that are too mature for them.
While there are many arguable pros to censoring media, the cons outnumber and outweigh them. The biggest argument against censoring probably has to do with violating the first amendment. Everyone should be allowed to express himself or herself whether it is too mature for younger children or not. The...