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This is a powerpoint project for Mrs. Dagen's AP English III class. It is on the negative affects of censorship.

This is a powerpoint project for Mrs. Dagen's AP English III class. It is on the negative affects of censorship.



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Censorship Censorship Presentation Transcript

  • End the Burning
    Emily Alwynne Davis
  • Introduction
    Censorship:the suppression of speech or other communication which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient to the general body of people as determined by a government, media outlet, or other controlling body.
    Who has the right to tell people what is objectionable?
    No one is perfect, so a government of imperfect people will not have perfect judgment on what should or should not be censored.
    Censorship should be stopped because it imposes on people’s basic rights and leads to the degeneration of society.
    People should have the right to personally filter out harmful materials in their lives.
  • American’s Rights
    The First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
    The government, by its own laws, has absolutely no right to tell American people what they can and cannot say, believe, write, or petition.
    Censorship is therefore illegal.
  • Degeneration of Society
    The more power the government obtains, the more it will take.
    This leads to the corruption of the government and society.
    For example, in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, the government took so much control by banning books, that the society became corrupted into believing whatever it said.
    People became ignorant and weak, like puppets.
  • Personal Censorship
    American people should personally filter out inappropriate material from their own lives.
    If there was no market for immoral or obscene material in songs, books, TV shows, movies, etc. then the producers, artists, or authors would simply stop writing or producing such material.
    Any form of censorship would be unnecessary.
    Americans do not like the government telling them what to do, and they are capable of judging for themselves what they read, watch, or listen to.
  • Challenged Books per Year
  • Censored Materials
    As you can see there are hundreds of books challenged by parents, schools, and libraries each year. Some are censored or banned.
    There have also been numerous censored movies.
    In fact, in the mid 1900’s movie producers had to follow a code for the movie content.
    Theaters who played movies that did not follow the code were fined.
  • Conclusion
    “Without free speech no search for truth is possible... no discovery of truth is useful... Better a thousand fold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech. The abuse dies in a day, but the denial slays the life of the people, and entombs the hope of the race.”
    Charles Bradlaugh – English political activist
    Americans have abused the freedom of speech, but the consequences of denying that freedom through censorship are much worse.
    Censorship has a negative affect on our country and should be stopped.
    In the end, it could be Christian literature like the Bible that is censored or banned.