Censorship can be defined as the banning, deleting, or suppressing of text or image that is considered to be objectionable for specific or all audiences.

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History of Africa

When did drawing first start?

drawing started when cave people used to draw pictures to show what they were trying to say.

Fahrenheit 451

Quotes related to censorship in Fahrenheit 451?

"There must be something in books, things we can't imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don't stay for nothing."

- Guy Montag, Fahrenheit 451, pg. 51

"I just want someone to hear what I have to say. And maybe if I talk long enough, it'll make sense."

- Guy Montag, Fahrenheit 451, pg. 82

"What traitors books can be! You think they're backing you up, and they turn on you. Others can use them, too, and there you are, lost in the middle of the moor, in a great welter of nouns and verbs and adjectives."

- Captain Beatty, Fahrenheit 451, pg. 107

"Its real beauty is that it destroys responsibility and consequences."

- Captain Beatty, Fahrenheit 451, pg. 115

"The sun burnt every day. It burnt Time. The world rushed in a circle and turned on its axis and time was busy burning the years and the people anyway, without any help from him. So if he burnt things with the firemen and the sun burnt Time, that meant that everything burnt!"

- Guy Montag, Fahrenheit 451, pg. 141

World War 2

Where can you find information on conscription censorship and propaganda in Australia during WW2?

try the Australian war menorial website:



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World War 2

What happened regarding conscription and censorship in World War 2?

In world war two men were conscripted into the army, so was the women into war work such as munition factories and land army. Censorship, newspapers were censored to hide any information regarding British tactics and plans. Letteres from soldier abroad were censored if they contained any information about where a soldier was etc. Hope this is helpful Dark Angel


What is congressional censorship?

An embarrassing reading of the charges in front of your comrades.


What is censorship?

Censorship is the editing of material from a written or visual presentation. Sometimes the word "censored" is used to indicate that material was removed in the interest of morality, or would be offensive to the intended audience. This may be either sound (bleeped) or video (blurred).

Censorship of unpopular or minority opinions is generally considered anithetical to the Constitution's guarantee of freedom of speech and expression. However, restrictions on adult material (especially pornography) or of vulgar language have been upheld where applied to mass media to which minors might be exposed.

"Hate speech" (religious, ethnic, or racial insults) is likewise prohibited from television and radio. They may appear as part of video and film presentations where the intent is to illustrate and not to proselytize, or in fictitious depictions of real or created characters.

In many societies in the world, opinions in opposition to powerful political or religious groups is often entirely prohibited, and can only be promulgated in secrecy or through international organizations.

Philosophy and Philosophers
Ethics and Morality

What is the difference between 'Normative Theory' and 'Positive Theory'?

A Normative Theory expresses a judgment about whether a situation is desirable or undesirable, and is based upon some moray or standard. The world would be a better place if the moon were made of green cheese, is a normative statement because it expresses a judgment about what ought to be. Notice that there is no way of disproving this statement. If you disagree with it, you have no sure way of convincing anyone, who believes the statement, that it is incorrect.

A Positive Theory expresses an opinion on a condition, assuming what is, and that contains no indication of approval or disapproval and is not based on any standard. Notice that a positive statement can be incorrect. The moon is made of green cheese, is incorrect, but it is a positive statement because it is a statement about what exists.

World War 2

What censorship went on in World War 2?

It it well known that during WWII, when our soldiers wrote back letters to be sent home. They would go through a censoring process where the letters would be censored of anything that may give the enemy a hint at the troop's locations. Sometimes the letters would be trashed completely. Censorship in WW2 varied enormously from country to country. In Britain, for example, all mail to and from people overseas was subject to censorship. In addition, the media were subject to censorship. George Orwell's "Animal Farm" was banned from publication till after VE-Day, as from July 1941 till May 1945 there was a policy of NOT printing things likely to offend the Soviet Union or likely to encourage anti-Soviet feeling.


What is Australian censorship?

Censorship in Australia is the banning or control of content "believed" to threaten the political, social or moral order of country.

Ethics and Politics are the main driving forces of Censorship. These two issues are regularly in conflict with other ethics and politics of different people, communities, states and territories. As history has proven, Ethics and Politics of Censorship changes radically and very swiftly throughout the World.

Australian Government imposed Censorship is not always discussed with all or even part of some affected populations or individuals prior to implementation. This is not always seen as a good thing and most believe that some issues concerning basic rights, selective application and segregated Censoring and are being abused, incorrectly or unfairly imposed or overly imposed by the Censors.

However, there a definitely some issues that should be either banned, restricted or more tightly monitored and controlled, and some of these are also Internationally recognised and agreed to in cooperation.

A type of "unsuccessful" censorship example in Australia is yet another recent failed attempt to restrict certain internet sites and content. This was a very costly tax payer funded failure as some of these blocked sites were legitimate businesses or harmless information sites and had nothing to do with any perceived Adult Industry, National Security or perceived illegal activity. Young teenagers easily bypassed this latest internet censoring attempt within minutes.

Censorship is, and always will be one of society's most contentiously discussed topics as it is included in most civilized countries versions of "Freedom of Rights" versus the "Protection of its' People and Country".


What are the pros and cons of online censorship?

the big con is that this is TOTALLY invading on our privacy. this is not a good law to pass, although it might stop a little cyber bullying


What are the advantages of censorship?

there are not many advantages for censorship. One advantage is that it blocks illegal parts of the body. Another advantage is that it bands porn websites

History, Politics & Society
Books and Literature

What is the history of book burning?

Book burning has been done for thousands of years right up until just recently and was caused by some religious sects as "not suitable material", to governments abolishing certain unsavory books on the subject of sex, government control, etc., and there were some book burnings during the late 1800s to modern times simply to attract attention for the author of that book (what you can't have you want!) "Burning of the books and burial of the scholars" in 213 BC is counted as the greatest crime of Qin Shi Huang of China. The writer Heinrich Heine famously wrote in 1821 "Where they burn books, they will end in burning human beings." Anthony Comstock's New York Society for the Suppression of Vice inscribed book-burning on its seal, as a worthy goal to be achieved (see illustration). Comstock's total record in a long and influential career is considered to have effected the destruction of about 15 tons of books, 284,000 pounds of plates for printing 'objectionable' books, and nearly 4,000,000 pictures - all of this material defined as "lewd" by Comstock's very broad definition of the term (which he and his associates successfully lobbied the United States Congress to inscribe in the Comstock Law), The Ray Bradbury novel Fahrenheit 451 is about a fictional future society that has institutionalized book burning. In Orwell's 1984, the euphemistically-called "memory hole" is used to burn any book or written text which is inconvenient to the regime, and there is mention of "the total destruction of all books published before 1960". Some of society book burning is a form of control and feel it is a form of censorship also that religious or political leaders practice against those ideas that they oppose. Some of the most recent book burnings are: In 1948, at Binghamton, New York children - overseen by priests, teachers, and parents - publicly burned around 2000 comic books. As part of Stalin's efforts to stamp out Jewish culture in the Soviet Union in the late 1940's and early 1950's, the Judaica collection in the library of Birobidzhan, capital of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast on the Chinese border, was burned. In 1953 Senator Joseph McCarthy recited before his subcommittee and the press a a list of supposedly pro-communist authors whose works his aide Roy Cohn found in State Department libraries in Europe. The State Department bowed to McCarthy and ordered its overseas librarians to remove from their shelves "material by any controversial persons, Communists, fellow travelers, etc. and some were burned. In 1954

World War 2

What was Censorship during World War 2?

In WW2 newspapers and television news were censored. Censhorship is when the government decides what or what not to show the people. Government considered it necessary in order to boost morale, but it was also a dangerous precedent because it violated 1st Ammendment free speech. The trend of censorship has been a common theme in wars throughout America and across the world, and is a dangerous side effect for war.

Compound Words

Compound words that end in shine?

Shine moon


Is censorship in public school libraries ever a good thing?

Sometimes, but this all depends entirely on your point of view about censorship. Public school libraries usually listen to parents about how things should be.


Censorship is always a bad thing. The implication is that someone (the agency doing the censorship) knows what is "good and proper" for everyone. This cannot be true as everyone is different. Children and young adults in all schools should have the opportunity to be exposed to whatever they choose and be offered the opportunity to discuss their findings with adults who are willing to explain the ramifications of what they observe in an intelligent and open way. In this manner they can form their own opinions as to what is appropriate.


Censorship is a government imposed limit on which of the following?

Individuals freedom of expression,- Apex!
Individuals' freedom of expression
Individuals' freedom of expression


Pros and cons of internet censorship?

A copied this from a website, www.buzzle.com/articles/pros-and-cons-of-censorship.html:

Censorship is the control of information and ideas in a society. Both democratic and non-democratic countries use it. With the explosion of communication technology, it has become all-pervasive. There is a dispute as to whether censorship is good or bad.

Pros of Censorship

  • Censorship of pornographic material prevents the corrupting of the children.
  • Religious conflicts are avoided by the censorship of material deemed insulting or offensive to a particular religious community.
  • Censorship is necessary to preserve the secrets of a nation.
  • Censorship is useful in hiding sensitive military information, which could be used by an enemy state.
  • Scenes of people consuming alcohol or smoking influence people to copy them. Hence censoring such scenes serves a useful purpose.
  • People may copy dangerous stunts shown on TV or movies. Censorship proves necessary here.
  • Books may be used to portray wrong information about individuals or groups that could incite violence against them. Censorship would definitely prove helpful here.
  • It can be used to prevent politically motivated propaganda.
  • It protects the privacy of people.
  • Plagiarism is prevented.
  • Abusive scenes in movies may offend some people. Censorship prevents that.
  • It protects indigenous cultures from the bad influence of foreign cultures.
  • It prevents the public display of disrespect to any particular individual or community.
  • It prevents companies from spreading inaccurate or grossly exaggerated claims about their products.
  • It promotes political correctness.
  • Terrorists are prevented from learning about dangerous technology like the atom bomb.
  • Children are prevented from learning things that could harm them and others.
  • It prevents the ill effects of globalization affecting societies.
  • It shields the morals of society.
  • It restrains vulgarity and obscenity.
  • The surfeit of violence in movies and TV is restricted by it.
  • It prevents violence by stopping the broadcast of events, which might trigger it.

Cons of Censorship

  • If sex-related topics are completely censored it becomes difficult to teach children and teenagers about the dangers of HIV/AIDS.
  • Dictators and dictatorship use it to promote a flattering image of themselves and for removing any information that is negative to them.
  • Freedom of speech is compromised.
  • Religious fundamentalists like the Taliban use them to coerce the population.
  • It encroaches upon the freedom of the press.
  • It prevents the free flow of ideas.
  • It may intrude on the privacy of a person.
  • Withholding of information only leads to ignorance in the society.
  • Censoring of information may lead to a wrong image perceived by the public.
  • It is generally associated with dictatorship.
  • Censorship in books, plays and movies may compromise their entertainment value.
  • Censorship has been misused in the past.
  • It is a force against globalization.
  • It works against creativity.
  • If you hide something from people they will become extra curious about it.
  • It has no place in a truly democratic society.
  • It gives rise to and hides human rights abuses.
  • It is used to control people.
  • There can be different standards of morals among different societies quite different from the imposed ones by the censorship.
  • It may be used to block legitimate criticism.
  • Governments should not control people. It should be the other way around.
  • Individuals have different tastes.
  • It stifles the opposition, broadcasting only a particular point of view.
  • People have a right to know.

Used properly, censorship serves as a valuable tool. However, it can also be easily misused. Governments and other regulatory institutions must learn to use it judiciously

Endangered, Vulnerable, and Threatened Species
Genetic Cloning

Does censorship help us or hurt us?

Media censorship has become a major problem, due to the fact that the media we view in the mornings, evenings or read daily are not full facts. Our media is hiding the truth for the simple fact that they think they are trying to protect us however they are only harmimg us by not giving us the facts, when at the same time they expect us to comprehend what they are trying to tell us.

The censorship we expeience today based on what is was 20 years ago has a vast difference and not on a positive level. It is best to be told all facts and havw to bare with certain things, then be told non and it come as a a suprise at the wrong moment in time.


Does censorship violate freedom of press religion assembly or speech?

Censorship restricts (and therefore violates) freedom of the press and sometimes freedom of speech too. The violation of 'freedom of assembly' and of 'freedom of worship' are usually described using these words and are also serious violations of fundamental rights.


When is censorship appropriate?

cenorship is stupid

Digital Cameras

What is Censorship in photography?

It is the banning of pictures that display arguable content.


Why should there be censorship in film and tv?

It's obvious.

Children should not be subjected to adult entertainment.

Extreme gore, violence, sex, and profanity are prohibited (or censored) from television during times when children are likely to be watching. A good law.

Film is a different story. There is really no censorship per se. Films can include pretty much anything that the producers so desire. Doing so though can get a little sticky when the film goes before the ratings board.

A rating of NC-17 can spell death to a film because most theaters in America will not show them. So producers tend to censor themselves.

That is really a business decision for the theaters more than it is a censorship issue.


What happened with censorship?


At what time and where? Censorship has been used for many different reasons in many different places in several times. It was used in the 1700s and 1800s to prevent people talking bad about the government around the world; it was used in the 1900s to prevent demoralising news reach troops and civilians; it is still used in the 2000s to stop people promoting a government or social order other than the incumbent.


How and why did the US government introduce war-time controls such as censorship and rationing on the home front?

Answerthey didn't they had more than enough food to last


Not true--there was wartime rationing starting basically as soon as the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Everything was rationed.

Politics and Government

What are three reasons why censorship is bad?

its freedom of speech


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