• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

There Should be no Censorship in the UK. Assess the Arguments For and Against this View

Extracts from this document...


There Should be no Censorship in the UK. Assess the Arguments For and Against this View (20) There are many types of censorship which exist, ranging from the 'old fashioned' type of censorship of communist governments towards the media, right through to today's democratic censorship of television, the press, and the arts. Sex, violence, and censorship are all emotive subjects, conjuring many views from people of all walks of life. In this essay I am going to be examining the aspects of censorship and the different views towards it. Many people believe that censorship is very aesthetic, inhibiting the truth and reality of artistic talent and everyday life. They believe that everyone should have the right to decide for themselves what to watch or read and that no one has the right to make up somebody else's mind for them. ...read more.


An example of this occurred not very long ago in such close proximity as Bourne. An eighteen-year-old youth decided to imitate Eminem (the famously controversial white rapper from the USA) and tied his sister up while his parents were away, then proceeded to beat her and threaten to kill her with a chainsaw. When asked to comment upon his actions he said only that he didn't see what was wrong and that he was simply mimicking Eminem. And violence and sex are supposed to be seen as catharsis?? However, it must also be commented upon that violence can be a deterrent to young people by reinforcing opposition. Films which support this include 'A Clockwork Orange' and 'All Quiet on the Western Front'. This is not true all the time however and it must be remembered that violence is often glorified, encouraging callous attitudes. ...read more.


Old people have the right not to have to be confronted with obscene language, just as members of religions shouldn't have to put up with their faith being ridiculed on national television. Those campaigning for censorship also believe that the paparazzi should be prevented from intruding on people's privacy. Without censorship, therefore, there will be no restraints held against the press, even in situations such as a family crisis after a murder of plane crash. It can therefore be concluded that although censorship is very prominent in the United Kingdom, there is a strong case against it. It must however be examined in great detail, as though there are many disadvantages, the advantages of censorship suggest it is vital to the smooth running of the country and bringing up of children. It may sometimes appear that there is no need for it, but without the imposition of regulations, the democracy of Britain could well shatter. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Media section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Media essays

  1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of Censorship.

    If this was wide-spread enough, there would have been a dramatic increase in the men avoiding conscription and a decrease in enthusiasm in joining, making it weaker and even more out-numbered by the opposing forces leading to almost definite defeat.

  2. Moral Panic and media folk devils.

    Many of the subjects which appear are to do with children's activities (computer games and music) and are aimed at creating a sense of panic with parents, the race issue is more likely to affect any one living in a working class area as that is where most illegal immigrants are place because it's cheaper to put them there.

  1. Do we need Censorship in the Media?

    was thought they could handle these films better than the working class. More action and horror films were starting to come out. A violent film called "Battleship Potemkim" was made in 1920 but was only allowed by the BBFC in 1959.

  2. CENSORSHIP - A Liberal and Conservative View

    The liberal will believe that man has choice, and that it is therefore up to man to listen or view vulgar words or images. The Libertarian party of the USA gives us a perfect quote of why vulgarity on T.V and radio should not be censored: Obscenity, including "pornography", as

  1. Censorship is a controversial word. Discuss.

    "A lot of people in the world are against censorship just for the mere reason they say it's unconstitutional;" they believe it is taking away from free of speech and choice. Censorship is not taking away the rights of citizens, it is protecting the rights of people who do not wish to be exposed to certain things.

  2. Ireland has a long history of censorship but this has been employed for different ...

    The Catholic Bulletin, the Irish Rosary, The Standard, The Catholic Mind, The Leader and Studies were catholic publications and had many advantages. Its readers were a uniform, solid mass whose range of opinion on any matter was predictable and it was charged with a mission that guaranteed a readership who

  1. The History of Censorship

    A movie or television program may be considered violent, or obscene because of nudity or indecent behavior. A song or speech may contain language thought to be vulgar, or ideas and values that some consider objectionable. Furthermore, a group may edit or withhold a newspaper story from publication because they may judge it as a threat to national security.

  2. Are we influenced by TV and film? Briefly discuss the evidence and arguments for ...

    out in one of three ways, laboratory experiments, field experiments, and correlational surveys. Bandura carried out one of the most famous Laboratory experiments in which he showed a selection of nursery school children a film in which an inflatable plastic doll was violently abused.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work