Why Censorship is Wrong
By Brian Lamacraft
January 10, 2021 "Information Clearing House" - Our world is increasingly living in a charged political atmosphere. This political chaos is cousin people to censor more than they might otherwise do. Censorship is not the way out of our current problems. In fact, censorship is going to make things worse. There are several reasons why you should not censor anyone.
I have No Control Over Censorship
First of all, I would like to say that I have no control over censorship. Iím not responsible for those that decided to censor. Perhaps those that are censoring other people are trying to hide something themselves. They simply donít want to see the other side. Weíve seen throughout history what censorship does and where it could lead. I donít want to see our world go in that direction. Itís increasingly looking like it might go in that direction. Censorship is not the way forward.
Sites Can Censor All they Want
Some of the sites performing censorship are doing so because they donít want the content on their sites. Since these sites are not run by any government agencies, they are free to censor whatever they feel like censoring. As a person using these sites, you donít have any control over what they are doing. You can complain and make a stink about it, but more likely than not youíre not going to be listed on the site again. The owners of that site have decided that they donít want to listen to your content.
This is much the same way as if you have your own website. Iím sure you have owned your own website and not liked some of the comments that people have put on your blog or in your forms. You can censor these people and remove their content or simply not let them post on your site at all. This is still a form of censorship. As individuals, we have no control over what sites are going to do. This still doesnít mean that itís not wrong. I believe that it is wrong to censor people no matter what their opinions are. Free speech is one of the cornerstones of our civilization. When we donít have a free speech, we donít have much at all.
Doesnít Address the Problem
When you sent it to someone, youíre not addressing the problem at hand. How can you hope to correct the problem? Opinions should matter, and when they donít youíre going to have problems. This is not the way to go about fixing problems in our society. Those problems are not going to go away if you censor people. Youíre simply going to have the problem manifest in some other area.
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In many cases, as the past shows us, this could result in other issues because no one has an outlet for their frustrations. If you take away free speech, this results in other forms of speech and, in some cases, chaos. This is a direct result of removing somebodyís ability to have a say and their voices heard. Censorship takes a subject that you donít agree with it and sweeps it under the rug. It hides it and hopes you will go away.
We often use censorship as a way to eliminate hate speech. What do we classify as hate speech? in todayís world, this could be practically anything. If we donít agree with something, we simply classify it as hate speech and tried to censor it. I have seen peopleís accounts being deleted on websites simply for speaking their mind about a subject.
They are in no way promoting any sort of hate speech or classified as something that is dangerous to the general public. Some are looking to censor their political opponents or others that are otherwise engaged in political discussion. When we get to censorship of this nature, this becomes a dangerous and slippery slope. Perhaps itís time to step back and look at what weíre doing. We only have to look at history to see the outcomes of severe censorship.
What Will we Censor? Your thoughts Next?
W are we going to classify as hate speech in the future? Perhaps someone will have something that you donít agree with, and then that is classified as hate speech. We can use it as a broad category to censor anything that we want. I am of the opinion that we should listen to everyone. Iím perfectly willing to listen to anyoneís opinion on any subject. I may not necessarily agree with the topic, but I am willing to listen to that individual.
By listening to somebody talk, you might understand their viewpoint. Only when we understand other peopleís viewpoints can we hope to grasp their feelings about certain subjects. If we donít talk and communicate with each other and bridge the gap between us, that gap will get wider. Before we know whatís happening, people are going to start falling into the hole.
Iím Just One Person
Just one person with the opinion that censorship is the wrong approach to todayís problems. We must sit down and discuss our issues if we to move ahead and make this world a better place. If we allow our bitterness and our divide to grow, it will never go away. We are sitting on either end of the fence and itís time to come together in the middle. Itís time to put all of our prejudices, all of our hatred, and everything else behind us. We must move forward, we must grow, and we must confront the challenges in our society.
Dark Future Awaits
Mending the fences takes time, and it is challenging but we can do it. If we donít moderate our opinions and learn to come together and find common ground, Things such as censorship are going to rule us. Once that happens, the things that we hold dear in our lives such as freedom will be a thing of the past.
We will only answer to the masters that are censoring us. George Orwellís 1984 look like a church picnic in comparison. If you can no longer speak, then you are a slave, no matter what side of the fence that you are on. The tragedies of the past will not have been learned and we will move into a future of uncertainty. If censorship of our thoughts and opinions itís going to be at the new normal, and we will have reached a very dark place.