Saturday, February 18, 2012

Censorship vs. Creative Expression

There are many artists who think that censorship inhibits their freedom of expression and who fight against the FFC and its policies. I thought it would be interesting to make a post about censorship and see where all of you stand on this issue. In my opinion, the most important thing about censorship is to know where to draw the line between what is inappropriate and what is acceptable. In class the other day, we listened to the song “Regulate” by Warren G featuring Nate Dogg and heard words such as “high” being censored. I thought this was interesting because it shows that this line between appropriate and inappropriate has changed significantly since this song. Censorship is based on opinions that change over time and that change from person to person. So, if it is all just a matter of opinion, how can we decide what is appropriate to play on the radio and what isn’t? Is censorship necessary or is creative expression more important? I am interested to see where you all stand on this issue, so please post your comments below!  

1 comment:

  1. This is a good point to raise. I think Censorship is necessary in certain cases, depending on the audience exposed to the songs. For instance on radio, and television censorship is important due to the fact that children are exposed to those outlets. And when I say censorship, I just mean curses, and explicit sexual references should be blocked.
    As for rappers complaining about being censored, I think they are referring to a much deeper thing instead of the fact that the word high was blocked out. I think they were referring to the fact that people try to make them rap about things that don't expose the truth behind whats really going on in this country. People don't want to hear songs about what's going on in the "hoods" or "Ghettos" and these kinds of things are being blocked and censored.
    But on another note, I don't think this is as much of an issue anymore, like how it was back then during the NWA times. But this is a very good point to raise!


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