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

Who determines what is pornography and what is art?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Censorship in India, according to me is an eyewash. It is a method of a system to prove to its people that it has an eye on what's going on. Nothing other than that! Else, why would a system ban advertising of tobacco or alcohol on television and not ban it from being manufactured or sold in the market? Why would a system shut its eye to surrogate advertising of the much banned products through other media like events, sports etc eople find loopholes in law, seek outlets or else go about their business illegally and the very system perpetrating warped values and morality is left with no alternative but to turn a blind eye to it. The most common examples of book censorship are in schools and public libraries, and all those examples are most often involving children's literature. Political groups attempt to remove books from library shelves because those books use 'naughty' words, do not have happy endings... ...read more.

Middle

Censorship would be more widely accepted if reasoning existed as to why censoring the material occurred in the first place. Any concept or idea becomes more valid if the rationale is understood." The equation is simple: Those who have power get to censor, and those who lack power get silenced. If you find yourself in a position to demand and get censorship, you can be sure you are among those who have the power, and you are acting to oppress others. . Censorship is when a work of art expressing an idea which does not fall under current convention is seized, cut up, withdrawn, impounded, ignored, maligned, or otherwise made inaccessible to its audience. 2. Censorship is when the "thought police" -whether chauvinist, fundamentalist, militant, rightist, leftist, conservative, or extremist- go about their business of silencing. 3. Censorship is not just about keeping an audience from reading, it is about keeping a writer from writing. ...read more.

Conclusion

Found guilty, he was condemned to death. Accounts of the events in Xenephon's "Memorabilia" and Plato's "Apology". The western history of censorship is said to begin here. Shivaji's book: mentality is The core of the emergence of the new form of social censorship has only one watchword: "You cannot read what we do not like even if we have not read it" Walmart decides not to sell music-affects the sales . * Bandit queen * Satanic verses * Truth, lies and a little malice * I cant get no satisfaction * Puff the magic dragon * elvis A newspaper that refuses to run commentary the publisher disagrees with, or a lecture hall that refuses to rent itself out to a particular speaker, a mother not allowing her child to watch cartoons, the army not disclosing actual details of the war---are these acceptable forms of censorship? Can anyone be justified in censoring individual works of wither literature, art, music which have been prepared by others? Does society need a moral police? ...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. Do we need Censorship in the Media?

    This was another reason why VHS was a problem for the BBFC because a nine o'clock watershed (after nine o'clock generally anything can be seen getting more graphic as the time goes by) had been announced but the infants still watched this film.

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

    literary works of the twentieth century were banned, including the books of a number of contemporary Irish writers. This continued for over three decades. Officially censorship was backed up by unofficial censorship; writers and artists were harassed and stigmatised, while libraries and booksellers were pressurized into not stocking or removing from their shelves titles which had escaped the official net.

  1. The History of Censorship

    it has been of special importance in its relation to government and the rule of law (Dictonary.com). The origin of censorship can be traced all the way back to 443 BC Rome. The first documented case of censorship took place when a Roman soldier began regulating morals while conducting a census.

  2. Adolescence, Alcohol and Driving.

    This, however, is quite ironic - because it is the media through advertising, movies and role models ('heroes') that publicise alcohol and lead adolescents into the trap of thinking that drinking is the norm, or drinking is 'cool' etc. Although the media's views on adolescence, alcohol and driving are exaggerated

  1. Explain and Discuss Moral Panics.

    to believe that it is of far greater danger to all children than could ever have previously been thought possible. Over the past year the British public has been confronted by numerous panics concerning the food it eats. The BSE crisis, known as 'mad cow's disease', has led to substantial

  2. Why were the police unable to catch jack the ripper?

    The media focused on the more sensitive issues like the amount of immigrants which influenced the police enquiry. The newspapers published a description of a Jewish man to inflame the public opinion and to force the police to arrest him.

  1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of Censorship.

    There are also many cases where children or young people have committed violent crimes which display obvious similarities to those featured in horror films the attackers have been known to watch. This is another cause of debate, as is the filmmaker directly responsible for all negative reactions to their work,

  2. Moral Panic and media folk devils.

    Both were from broken homes and lived in poverty. Therefore social and economic circumstances which lay blame on the door of the parents were largely ignored in sight of a much easier scapegoat to blame. * How do books and music affect moral panics?

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