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Posted 1/23/15 , edited 1/24/15

cen·sor/ˈsensər/
noun
an official who examines material that is about to be released, such as books, movies, news, and art, and suppresses any parts that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security.
(in ancient Rome) either of two magistrates who held censuses and supervised public morals.
verb
examine (a book, movie, etc.) officially and suppress unacceptable parts of it.



From wiki: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Censorship‎

Censorship :

is the suppression of speech, public communication or other information which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, politically incorrect or inconvenient as determined by governments, media outlets, authorities or other groups or institutions.

Governments, private organizations and individuals may engage in censorship. When an individual such as an author or other creator engages in censorship of their own works or speech, it is called self-censorship. Censorship may be direct or it may be indirect, in which case it is called soft censorship. It occurs in a variety of different media, including speech, books, music, films, and other arts, the press, radio, television, and the Internet for a variety of claimed reasons including national security, to control obscenity, child pornography, and hate speech, to protect children or other vulnerable groups, to promote or restrict political or religious views, and to prevent slander and libel.

Direct censorship may or may not be legal, depending on the type, place, and content. Many countries provide strong protections against censorship by law, but none of these protections are absolute and frequently a claim of necessity to balance conflicting rights is made, in order to determine what can and cannot be censored. There are no laws against self-censorship.


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, this is a historical example where its not really a good thing.

To some degree its necessary to keep matters clean and civil, but how much does it adversely impact freedom of expression...

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Posted 1/23/15 , edited 1/23/15
Sweet topic. I can't sit here and say that censorship isn't a necessary thing. For example if CNN were to show all the graphic things going on during the war (dead, blown up bodies) i'd probably be a very different person today. Not to mention I usually watch for a little during dinner so i'd probably end up throwing up, haha.

There are some things that shouldn't be censored of course. In my opinion, words are just words and are censored way too much. The US kind of confuses me with their censorship because they'll censor things like "shit" and then have girls that are basically naked dancing on TV.. not exactly sure how or why that works. Books like Catcher in the Rye don't really need to be censored either in my opinion because that depicts the average, confused teenager of today and should be read by many. I know that many schools and libraries try to ban books like this and i'm not exactly sure why they're so afraid of books that speak the truth. They would rather read about a distant fantasy than their own reality. Smh.

As far as places like North Korea go... well when you have a population of over 24 Million and only a hundred or so individuals have access to the internet.. there's a problem. It shows how far censorship can go and how the Government can essentially control it's people.
Posted 1/23/15 , edited 1/23/15
Not really interested in what's being censored. Its usually meh-ish.
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An interesting topic. After all - a country that makes a policy of burning books and arresting people who hide or read those books is a terrible thing, I totally agree. Most people in the country have little choice about being there, and are more or less forced to live under those rules.

On the other hand, voluntary things, like commenting on a blog or forum may involve rules, and posts that go outside those rules might be deleted. Deciding to join that forum/group and posting within it means one is voluntarily agreeing to the rules for that area.

Of course, being a site mod here, my opinion should be taken with a rather large grain of salt.

Then again, if you're talking about censorship on the animes here, that's mostly a money making issue. Posted an update here
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Posted 1/23/15
bad.
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Censoring information itself is a bad thing obviously, but I don't see any problem from leaving out the gore. Now if you're talking about censoring types of media, like GTAV because feminists have a problem with it then yes, that isn't right. I completely defend the freedom of speech as well, even if it's a bunch of neo nazis marching through a town of holocaust victims.
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I fail to see why there is censorship on a subscribtion anime website like crunchy roll, I am an adult and am quite frankly offended that someone somewhere is dictating what I can and cannot see. If there is graphic content age rate and put a warning at the beginning and if you still don't like what you're watching turn it off. Im not one for censorship at all, there's always the option of turning off, not reading etc.
I understand things being put on tv later at night because of content but thats all. Once censorship starts when does it stop
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Censorship for the sake of my stomach, I agree with. Other types, not really. Kinda wanna know what the hush hush is all about.
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Pointless.
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As previously stated I'm all for censoring gore and nudity. Reasons being not everyone is equipped to properly process those types of images without damaging their psyche. I've been an adult for a little while and am a rather stable one. While I can handle gore and nudity I chose not to go looking for it in what I watch. For someone who's still developing mentally and emotionally it could warp them negatively. That's after all why we have 18+ for porn etc...

As far as censoring information, that is a big no. The only censoring of information I would maybe be ok with would be instructions on building bombs, poisons, etc...that would be harmful to others.

As far as CR content is concerned I do enjoy not having to filter through endless libraries of hentai to find my nice enjoyable Animes. If you want hentai then hey that's what hentai websites are for, go there for your fix. Just like you don't want to be forced to not watch hentai, we don't want to be forced to suffer through it. It goes both ways ;-)

Sorry that turned rant-ish lol.


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I fail to see why there is censorship on a subscribtion anime website like crunchy roll, I am an adult and am quite frankly offended that someone somewhere is dictating what I can and cannot see. If there is graphic content age rate and put a warning at the beginning and if you still don't like what you're watching turn it off. Im not one for censorship at all, there's always the option of turning off, not reading etc.
I understand things being put on tv later at night because of content but thats all. Once censorship starts when does it stop


There's censorship on CR? I'm seriously curious as I haven't run across any. Or are you just talking about them picking and choosing which Anime they add to the site?
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I don't want to watch hentai I wouldn't be here if I did, for those of a more delicate disposition lets age rate I do not wish my veiwing to be disturbed by black censor bars, terraformers on here is a prime example its unwatchable because a good 10mins of most episodes is blacked out.
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Censorship just hides the true.
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Censorship pisses me off, all the hentai manga I read has black/white bars over the nether regions, gets kind of annoying.
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Posted 1/23/15 , edited 1/23/15
Sometimes it's their to protect us from the things that could haunt us for the rest of our lives, other times its just annoying.
I have a love-hate relationship with censorship.
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Posted 1/23/15 , edited 1/25/15
censorship is never acceptable nor a good thing, under any circumstance.
only thing it leads to is ignorance and a false sense of entitlement in people, if your sensibilities are to be respected then what about my sensibility to censorship?
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Posted 1/23/15 , edited 1/23/15
Censorship is fine only if its controlled and still released to the public. For example, dirty magazines/manga require seals of some sort and sometimes face plates so that the general public dont have to look if they dont want to but people that do and want to buy them can.

Burning books or any kind of property like that is unacceptable. Hitler's reign destroyed a lot of history and good books. Anyone read/watch the book thief movie? I thought it was amazing, and it closely relates to this topic.
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