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Tv Censorship Essay, Research Paper Television Censorship Television is a very important part of the American society today. It is estimated that “the average American watches up to 6.75 hours of television daily”(Flahey 35). But does something that is such an influence on the American society need to be censored? Chambers’ English Dictionary defines Censorship as “the authorization to examine books, films, television, or other material and remove or suppress what is considered objectionable” (50). When anything goes through a process of censorship, a committee reviews it and deems it acceptable or unacceptable for the common viewer. Censoring television is an unnecessary and unconstitutional way of controlling what people see. Many people for the censorship of

television argue the point that media shapes society. This means that the way people in society act today is a direct result of what they observe on television. Also argued, is that TV provides a small number of role models and children who view these programs will act poorly towards others, just as they have seen on television. Many believe that if television is censored, society will change along with it for the better. However, this is not the case at all. If television is censored, society is not likely to follow in suit. For many children, the forbidden and mysterious are more attractive, and they will strive towards what they can not have or see. Therefore, it is best to allow them access to these things so that they will know the problems and be more likely to avoid them.

A previous case of television censorship leads me to believe that society will not change if censorship is implemented. In the early 1980 s cigarette advertisements were banned from television in the United States. Even now many ads on TV are directed towards helping smokers quit. However, the American Heart Association indicated in a 1998 survey that “smoking has not decreased. In fact, more than 26 million men (28.2%) and 23.1 million women (23.1%) still smoke”(AHA 2). Seeing as cigarette smoking has not decreased, I am led to believe that television censorship will not decrease the problems in society. While many argue for censorship because media shapes society, others push for censorship because kids are impressionable. This idea stems from the belief that children who

watch TV tend to imitate the heroes or heroines they see on the programs. In fact, this point has validity since there have been numerous cases in which children have been killed imitating a television super hero. This problem has also come across my life. When I was five I wanted to imitate Q-Bert, a round hero who shot balls out of his nose. I thought he was a great role model until I spent the afternoon in the hospital having a mountain ash berry removed from my nose. None the less, this argument also contains flaws. Parents who are truly concerned with what their children are viewing should supervise what they watch. Parents should also be attuned to the way their child reacts while playing after a violent show. If they act aggressively, a simple scolding will help the child

learn that it is wrong to act that way. Also, required warnings before almost every program that portray violence, inappropriate language, or sexuality allow parents to know if what their child is watching is appropriate or not. Similarly, if the violence is portrayed as wrong, a child will easily be able to recognize, by the use of common sense, what they are viewing is inappropriate for them to reenact. Just as people argue that kids are impressionable, they also contend that children should not be viewing adult oriented material on television. Protesters feel that television has no morals for kids to see or take out of the show. They believe that all that is ever seen on television is bad language, violence, and sexual references. They consider children too young to be exposed