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Is Censorship Infringing on our Freedom

Censorship is defined as the suppression of speech, public communication, or other information that may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, politically incorrect or inconvenient as determined by governments, media outlets, authorities or other groups or institutions. In some instances this might be considered acceptable, however the impact it has on our day to day lives is not. Having free will as well as being in a supposedly free country means we should be able to decide for ourselves what we should or shouldn’t see, hear, and produce, yet sadly censorship is becoming more and more prevalent in our society. Look at something as common as Youtube. It was a place of free speech, where the greatest consequence you could receive for having an opinion that’s in a minority is dislikes on your video and maybe a few mean comments. Even if what you had to say was mean spirited or crude, that’s your own prerogative. However due to Youtube’s recent rule change, you can’t necessarily do that anymore. If what you say is “bullying” or “harmful”, then they will take your video down. You can only have free speech as long as they like what you are saying.

While most of the time it’s the government and big companies trying to suppress what we hear, see, and produce, we also can do that to ourselves in committing self-censorship. Self-censorship can be defined as, the act of censoring or classifying one’s own blog, book, film, or other forms of media. This is done out of fear of, or deference to, the sensibilities or preferences (actual or perceived) of others and without overt pressure from any specific party or institution of authority. There might be legitimate political pressure to report or write a certain way,but it is our right to produce the absolute truth, even if the truth is just what our actual opinions are.

 

-Grace Crain

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