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SOC384 Lecture 2 01/16/2015
Censorship
This is classic censorship
Remove or express acts of speech expression
Raises some question
Who can be a censor?
How much suppression counts as censorship?
Taking a book out of the library no one can take it out ever, suppression means it can never be or it is
reduced to who can access it, suppression means not total removal or total freedom
Who counts as censor?
Government but not always
Recent story from last month
Target refused to put GTA5 on shelves for sale
It include content violence against women
It reproduces more social problem
They were worried about that problem so took it off the shelves
Target in Australia is not a government
But they are a way it reaches the audience
This is suppression of expression (by not allowing the sale at a particular venue)
This is not a government censor
Government acting as a censor
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Government has powers to enforce censorship laws
There is a law that needs to be enforced therefore government needs to act as a censor
Police say it does apply as expression that is corrupting society
Force to remove the video internet
Facebook:
Has violent content settings
People were posting pictures of beheaded
They band beheading videos then lifted the law
They are not the government
They need to be respoble to the needs and wants of the people
There is political motivations behind those postings
how much suppression counts? Target it counts there is removal
facebook: is the venue where it wont be available its not 100 percent removal only can control what
happens in facebook not the internet
What counts as speech?
Expression in print
it can be spoken expression the stuff you say
speech can happen in different places
you can say stuff at home but sometimes not In public spaces depends on your position or the goals and
values of schools
Marketing
it is a business speaking
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ideas and info that the business want to express
T-shirt
you can say things to people by having stuff on your shirt
Art
Movies, pictures and has protection as speech
Political actions
Word action is deliberate
we allow people to have freedom of speech
but you cant fire bomb the government ( cant act up to the expression)
burning the flag or giving donations
burning a flag is political expression you are saying something
message component of the action that counts as speech
Key moments in American Censorship
historical context: how we treat freedom of expression
when dealing with constitution, these are the founding document
that document did not say anything of freedom of speech, they needed to shrine that (1791)
came evident very early on that they needed freedom of expression to have democracy, people did not
have rights or freedom at this time
1934, invention of radio quickly followed by tv after
in order to regulate content of radio quickly adopted
radio would regulate the indutsry and to make sure there was freedom of speech in the radio
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