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The ruling body for regulating entertainment in the United States is the Federal Communications Commission or FCC
From the times of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. the FCC is able to regulate the radio and allow only edited songs, as they deem this time period as a time where children are part of the audience. But how necessary or even effective is this? For instance, in singer Jeremih’s song Birthday Sex he used many very clear phrases about sex and pleasuring women yet the only word changed on the edited version is sex. The song is instead Birthday Texts. Texts sounds just like sex you might say, or also the fact that sex as a word is much more tame than the FCC approved phrase of “g-spot.” Another unusual trend in censorship is censoring only the word “god” in the phrase “god damn.” If using the Lord’s name in vain is bad, shouldn’t the use of a swear word before be censored also?
Improper governing system-The FCC has similar power to the governing bodies of the US, such as the Senate or House of Representatives. But, unlike those bodies the FCC board is not elected by the people.
Political censorship exists when a government attempts to conceal, distort, or falsify information that its citizens receive by suppressing or crowding out political news that the public might receive through news outlets. In the absence of unflattering but objective information, people will be unable to dissent with the government or political party in charge. It is also the suppression of views that are contrary to those of the government in power. The government often has the power of the army and the secret police, to enforce the compliance of journalists with the will of the government to extol the story that the government wants people to believe, at times even with bribery, ruin of careers, imprisonment, and even assassination.
This type of censorship can be used to manipulate the political ideals and views of the population.
Journalists are often victims of political censorship as they often attempt to tell the story as it is, often to the detriment of the government.
Internet censorship is control or suppression of the publishing or accessing of information on the Internet.
The People's Republic of China, which continues Communist rule in politics, if not in the controlled economy, employs some 30,000 'Internet police' to monitor the internet and popular search engines such as Google and Yahoo. Google is actually shutting down operations in China because of attempts by the government to hack their system.
Many Middle Eastern/African countries are beginning to use Internet Censorship to control what their people look at or learn on the Internet.
This is often an extended form of political censorship.
1.1 Technical censorship
Reporters Without Borders Internet censorship ratings. No censorship Blue Some censorship Yellow Under surveillance Red Internet black holes Black
Fears of parents- Parents and educators fear that their children will be subjected to material they are not prepared for when it comes to reading literature in school.
They fear premature exposure to sex, drugs, profanity, or other obscene situations. Prevents children from developing coping mechanisms and doesn’t allow them to be exposed to real world situations.
Many books have been banned for vulgar or objectionable diction, not to mention some that have been banned for using the Lord’s name in vain. Students who read books that contain none of these types of controversial words are bound to encounter them elsewhere and schools are robbing students of the experience of knowing how to handle these occurrences in speech or literature.
The most widely accepted type of censorship is censoring material that does not just present an idea but instead attempts to sway to an idea. Example- Hitler’s Mein Kampf
In California, school officials have changed textbooks regulations to keep offensive material from getting into textbooks. Historical references, images and phrases have all been either suppressed or changed in order to provide a more “politically correct” learning environment. Some of the changes include: Not referring to the “Founding Fathers” as anything but “the Framers” to avoid being sexist, not depicting unhealthy foods such as hot dogs, sodas or cake, Mount Rushmore can no longer appear in textbooks because Native Americans find it offensive, and even yachts are banned for being an elitist symbol.