Censorship: good or bad? Censorship is a heavily debated topic in the world. There are places like China, where things like the internet is censored heavily. While other places like America where only certain things are censored such as things that include, offensive material or material dangerous to the public. There are many ways and opinions to look at censorship, however, censorship is a double-edged sword. Too much censorship is a bad thing, as seen in the book Fahrenheit 451, but too little censorship is also a bad thing. In other terms, censorship should be used, however, not abused. The book Fahrenheit 451, written by Ray Bradbury, plays around the idea of over censorship. In the book, Firemen set fires to houses that have books, …show more content…
Life is immediate, the job counts, pleasure lies all about after work. Why learn anything save pressing buttons, pulling switches, fitting nuts and bolts’" (Bradbury 27). Here one can see that the censorship of books has dumbed down schools in the society in the book. Society in fact has been dulled down to the point where people would rather sit in front of several tv screens and digest media rather than talk to one-another. The idea of censoring books is an idea that has been seen before in our own school system in …show more content…
This, however, is both a good and bad thing. Certain books like the Anarchists Cookbook written by William Powell, is currently banned in America for good reasons. This book itself contains instructions to manufacture explosives, as well as drugs such as LSD. This was a good use of censorship as allowing a book that teaches the public these things shouldn’t be allowed on the streets. On the other hand, in the case of Board of Education v. Pico (1982), the supreme court ruled that the school has authority to monitor the education of the students and can remove information that is educationally unsuitable for the students (McLaughlin 9). This is both good and bad. There are some books that are unfit for children and high school students, however, this again can be abused. Certain books that have been pulled off school’s bookshelves include: A Catcher in the Rye written by Harper Lee, Fahrenheit 451 written by Ray Bradbury and To Kill a Mockingbird written by J.D. Salinger. A Catcher in the Rye has been challenged by schools for many reasons not limited to but including: Anti-White, obscene, excessive vulgar language, sexual scenes, immoral issues (Banning). Fahrenheit 451 was challenged by schools due to the excessive amount of hells and damns used in the text. Finally, To Kill a Mockingbird was banned in some schools due to the book “Promoting white supremacy” (Banned). Many people will debate over these book bans;
By Barrett Jones and Wade RoznowskiBefore our class embarked on the book journey of Fahrenheit 451 our class didn’t know about censorship or what it did. The definition of censorship the practice of official examining books, movies, etc and suppressing unacceptable parts. This means the government can remove any type of movie or book. If the Material creates controversy it can be subject to be removed. This essay will give three examples why books not being censored can improve the world the book setting is in.
Expository Writing “You can’t ever have my books” (Bradbury, p.35). A woman is burned with her books because she did not obey the law. Could such extreme measures go through because did not obey the law? The book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a dystopian novel that shows what our world could look like in the future.
Cesar Frias Eng ACC Period 2 Fahrenheit 451 " It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed" (Bradbury 3). In Ray Bradbury's dramatic dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451, tells a story about characters in a world where everything is censored, monitored, and destroyed.
In the book Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury, has made a point about how his book isn’t about censorship, and more about how TV is replacing books in society. Technology in this society today has became very advanced and efficient, resulting in a less necessity of books. Most movies or TV shows are based off many books proving that books are still important in today’s society with getting ideas from. Many technologies have replaced books in our society today.
Standards for what is okay to read, watch, or listen to are constantly changing, and eventually we may all end up reading the same few books every school year. While this censorship may not hurt us physically, it can become dangerous to our individuality because if people begin telling us exactly what we can or can’t do then we may begin to lose our uniqueness and creativity. Ray Bradbury loved books so all that he had seen and experienced when he was younger influenced him heavily when he was writing this
I personally believe that censorship is bad. Censorship is bad because it prevents people from learning the truth. The truth is a very powerful thing, but nonetheless people deserve to know it. Throughout Fahrenheit 451, the main character Guy Montag is on a quest to learn the real truth and stop it from getting burned. In real life, dictators use censorship to give off a positive impression of themselves.
Yet, these books don’t show offensive and inappropriate content they convey something that has importance to life. Censored books are also, literature classics but, its just presented differently. These books are more in depth and more difficult to determine the author’s purpose of writing the books. Banning books violates our civil rights and takes away knowledge from kids on the problems we still face
Ironically, Fahrenheit 451 is one of the most banned books in American schools. The book was seen as evil for ideas like opposing the suppression of freedom by parties that presumed they had all the answers. Books such as Fahrenheit 451, 1984, Brave New World, The Giver, and The Hunger Games have been banned in schools, and they all explore the themes of suppressing freedom, information, and intellectual thinking. Prohibiting these books will only lead less thought; it will lead to the ultimate demise of society. If we do not learn from them, we will become them.
Censorship is defined as the practice of officially examining books, movies, etc., and suppressing unacceptable parts. There are benefits to this practice, but also negative backlashes. We see censorship not only in the world today, but it comes as a topic in many movies and books, such as Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley. Censorships appeals to some people because they believe it has many benefits, which to some, overweighs the negatives. The fact that things such as extreme violence, and even sex is censored from television and to an extent, in some movies appeal to those who are weak in the stomach, and most of all to parents.
Book burning, as an example of censorship, to keep the population ignorant as a way to keep power is exaggerated but censorship still poses a serious problem. Censorship is a negative influence on schools and education in general. Censorship is the forbidding, blocking, limiting, or obstructing access to information for whatever reason. When it is introduced into the school education system, it comes with some flaws and drawbacks not intended by the original effect by which safety is a colossal concern. When teachers assign research on a certain controversial or unsafe topic, it is not allowed to be surfed on the school grounds due to internet filters or lack of books concerning them how are the students expected to complete the assignment
In some cases books were banned from schools because parents believed there kids should not be opened to certain topic in the stories. Another issue is students have been sent home to read books for certain classes that talk about touchy subjects. For example, religion and magic. Parents
In the article “book banning” by author Gale Collection he states “ Others contend that restricting access to certain books can protect young people from offensive content and promote social order.” In other words, banning books is a good thing because it keeps children from getting information their parents may not want them to know. Critics have a valid point about book banning because it does make it where readers can not read every book out there, it confines people into reading books with less inappropriate content. Even though citizens cannot read anything, anywhere, it does not mean people can not read it in a disclosed environment reading to
Is the Future of Printed Books in Jeopardy? All it takes to challenge a book is for a parent or other citizens to file a complaint against a teacher, library, school, or bookseller, for that reason many teachers and librarians choose to remove the books from the curriculum or shelves before an issue is brought up (Pitner). The fear of a lawsuit keeps many people from expressing their belief that banning books is unnecessary (Kennedy, Banned Children’s Books). Director of the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, Barbara Jones, stated that, “Even though not every book will be right for every reader, the ability to read, speak, think and express ourselves freely are core American values”.