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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.

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  1. 1. End the Burning<br />Emily Alwynne Davis<br />
  2. 2. Introduction<br />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.<br />Who has the right to tell people what is objectionable?<br />No one is perfect, so a government of imperfect people will not have perfect judgment on what should or should not be censored.<br />Censorship should be stopped because it imposes on people’s basic rights and leads to the degeneration of society.<br />People should have the right to personally filter out harmful materials in their lives.<br />
  3. 3. American’s Rights<br />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.”<br />The government, by its own laws, has absolutely no right to tell American people what they can and cannot say, believe, write, or petition. <br />Censorship is therefore illegal. <br />
  4. 4. Degeneration of Society<br />The more power the government obtains, the more it will take.<br />This leads to the corruption of the government and society.<br />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.<br />People became ignorant and weak, like puppets. <br />
  5. 5. Personal Censorship<br />American people should personally filter out inappropriate material from their own lives. <br />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.<br />Any form of censorship would be unnecessary. <br />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. <br />
  6. 6. Challenged Books per Year<br />
  7. 7. Censored Materials<br />As you can see there are hundreds of books challenged by parents, schools, and libraries each year. Some are censored or banned.<br />There have also been numerous censored movies. <br />In fact, in the mid 1900’s movie producers had to follow a code for the movie content.<br />Theaters who played movies that did not follow the code were fined. <br />
  8. 8. Conclusion <br />“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.”<br />Charles Bradlaugh – English political activist<br />Americans have abused the freedom of speech, but the consequences of denying that freedom through censorship are much worse.<br />Censorship has a negative affect on our country and should be stopped. <br />In the end, it could be Christian literature like the Bible that is censored or banned. <br />