Censorship Essay - ideas, internet, music and art


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Censorship Essay - ideas, internet, music and art

Postby admin » Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:44 pm

Censorship - Pros and Cons, Need and Criticism

Even in today's internet era, the power of conventional media of communication is immense. Left unrestrained, and if misutilized, these can make or break, and certainly shake the government. A few years back, India saw one of the worst communal riots, which were fueled into ghastly proportions by irresponsible use of the media. Recently, the media did an excellent job of spreading unfounded fear of the swine-flu, disrupting the social and economic lives of millions. False or misleading advertising dupes and continues to dupe millions world over. Anyone with young children wouldn't want the TV, radio or the newspapers to display vulgar and explicit content. And, there's no doubt that information of military importance should be kept confidential and secured. In short, certain level of censorship of the media is absolutely must.

However, a complete control over the media industry goes against the principles of democracy. Each individual's freedom of speech and expression needs to be respected. There is no reason why broadcasting of factual information should be curbed, as long as it isn't provocative or hurtful to a group of society. The media industry has often proactively done an excellent job of raising critical alerts in events of a natural calamity. In such events, censorship and regulatory approvals would only have delayed the communication.

At its root, a piece of work produced by the journalism and entertainment industry is a creative work. And, restraints of any form hamper creativity. Film directors often complain that the editors of the censor board at times impose restrictions that "take the steam out" of their film.

Open and thereby difficult to control, the internet cannot be utilized to its full potential in countries where there is a strict censorship on the media.

Having lived and worked in democratic countries, we demand a certain level of choice when viewing the content offered by the media, news and entertainment industry. We also expect the content and the manner in which it is expressed, to be unbiased, non-judgmental and representing only the factual data. At the same time, adequate care should be taken to ensure that the content and its representation do not hurt the sentiments of any particular section of the society or carry a hidden message with a vested interest - political, economical or religious.

Censorship also raises an important question - 'who watches the watchmen?' How do we design a system that checks and ensures the objectivity of the censurer? There are no easy answers; and as is the case with most societal issues, one is forced to adapt a try-and-correct approach to this problem. The efficacy of the censurer is best evaluated by the collective voice of the audience.

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