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Uploaded by shallowrosewater on Nov 16, 2003

“Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.” This quote by Salman Rushdie, an Anglo-Indian censored novelist, sums up the importance of free speech to our society. Intellectual freedom is the exploration of all sides and points of view of a topic without restrictions. The restrictions being censorship. Life is based upon knowledge and experiences and being censored
from different options brings about quite a controversy. Can we live like this? Can we live where our minds think freely but our ability to share and express ourselves is limited by oppressive censors? Freedom through all types of media (books, magazines, films, or works of art) is my dream.

I have a dream that someday the boundaries of our expression can expand to the extent of our thoughts. There is a clear fragile line (an unjust one at that but a line all the same) that is meant to “protect” ourselves from the obscene. It holds back everything that dares to push it. This line gets in the way when it violates our first amendment right. Our first amendment right gives us, as Americans, the freedom of speech and freedom of press.

From the beginning of time, ever since people were able to speak their minds, there has been censorship. Whenever a man has said anything that someone disapproves of and restricts others from, that is censorship. However, in my dream, I believe that any man shall be given the inalienable right to share his ideas as long as he has them.

I have a dream that society will learn to accept differences and appreciate breaks in conformity. Our individuality is a valued aspect of humanity. We have independent minds to think with, but society allows for only what is “acceptable”. What is accepted is what is mainstream. What is mainstream is something that goes with the flow of the river of the society’s opinions. Rocks or interferences in the river are frowned upon and essentially cut out. Through censors, people’s different ideas can be thrown out. In the early days, men who had a point of view that contradicted the church or whoever was in power were burned at the stake. Symbolically, the creator of the controversy is destroyed when his/her idea is not accepted or banned. For example: my favorite film maker, Larry Clark’s...

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Uploaded by:   shallowrosewater

Date:   11/16/2003

Category:   Social Issues

Length:   3 pages (596 words)

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