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Discuss the arguments for and against censorship

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Discuss the arguments for and against censorship

The debate over the need for censorship has been ongoing for many years, and will continue to do so. Some argue that censorship is indeed needed for the purpose of protecting the standards and morals of society. However this view is opposed by others who argue against censorship and believe that rather than reflecting standards, it imposes them. These critics hold the view that film censorship merely imposes ideals and morals onto the audience, whereas on the other hand supporters of censorship think the opposite of this.

One example of the arguments for censorship is the occurrences of moral panics. There can be pandemonium amongst society after the release of a film that is thought to contain inappropriate scenes which could influence the younger generation. An audience theory that links to this is the Hypodermic Syringe Model. This theory suggests that the public all share the same views and opinions. The idea behind this theory is that messages from the media are 'injected' straight into the audience's minds like a needle. It implies that the audience have no say in what they are influenced by. The film 'The

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