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Censorship Powerpoint

  1. 1. By: Mike Mentis
  2. 2. Should all forms of entertainment be Censored?  Censorship is a term often associated with totalitarianism, socialism, or anything but democracy.  While the definition of censorship has changed over centuries, the basic idea behind it is simple and has gone untouched: the protection of the most basic civil institutions of the family, the church, and the state
  3. 3. History of Censorship  In Ancient Greece, where democracy was founded, the Ancient philosopher Socrates fought against and eventually gave his life rather than adhere to the Athenian government’s censorship of his teachings.  With the Age of Enlightenment, the idea of intellectual freedom began to encompass political and economical thought as well – The American Revolution.
  4. 4. The Supreme Court Versus Censorship  The issue of censorship is one that strikes the Supreme Court at many angles with regards to the first amendment rights.  Roth V. United States  Texas V. Johnson  Reno V. A.C.L.U.
  5. 5.  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.  Obscenity is not protected under the first amendment, however, a penumbra falls over the exact definition of the word.
  6. 6. Freedom of Information Act  (FOIA), enacted in 1966, was the first law that gave Americans the right to access the records of federal agencies.  The FOIA applies only to federal agencies and does not create a right of access to records held by Congress, the courts, or by state or local government agencies.
  7. 7.  Public use of the Freedom of Information Act continues to rise, with 1,965,919 FOIA requests filed with federal agencies in fiscal year 1999.  The intent of the FOIA is to prevent agencies from having “secret law” and to make the government accountable to the public for its actions.
  8. 8. The Privacy Act  The Privacy Act of 1974 provides safeguards against an invasion of privacy through the misuse of records by Federal agencies.  The act also permits an individual to gain access to most personal information maintained by Federal agencies and to seek amendment of any inaccurate, incomplete, untimely, or irrelevant information  . Agencies subject to the Freedom of Information Act are also subject to the Privacy Act
  9. 9. Survey Results  Most people felt censorship is necessary for our society and that age restrictions for certain material is needed  They didn’t want government involvement when it came to censorship, they also didn’t want government to censor history books
  10. 10.  Older Population- Generally agreed with all forms of Censorship  Younger Population- Did not agree with censorship  Females also seemed to support censorship more than males