My 'Art' is Your 'Obscenity': Against Censorship in American Media
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The paper considers the arguments that there is a direct correlation between youth violence and violent films, but contends that these arguments fail to take into consideration other psychological and sociological factors that can predispose an individual to violence. The paper points out that the availability of guns and the power of lobbying groups such as the National Rifle Association (NRA) would seem to have as much influence in the fostering of violence in American society, and, obscenity is subjective and is defined differently by each individual. Moreover, the paper argues that violence within the human heart must be expressed, and better through film, drama, and even comic books than allowing it to spill out into reality. The paper maintains that censoring art is not a substitution for tackling the real issues that give rise to violence in real life.
From the Paper:"The availability of guns and the power of lobbying groups such as the National Rifle Association (NRA) would seem to have as much influence in the fostering of violence in American society. Despite the frequent contention that 'guns don't kill, people kill,' effective sources of ammunition and lax gun control laws can certainly make violence easier to wreck. Furthermore, it could be pointed out that many individuals from Europe and abroad see violent American films without the same kinds of widespread effects. Although violence is certainly present in societies where arms are not easily available, death by gunshots and gun ownership in Europe is more rare: In America there are 88.8 registered weapons per hundred people, in Switzerland there are 45.7 guns per hundred people; in Finland there are 45.3 per hundred; in France's 31.2; in Germany's 30.3 and only 6.2 registered guns per for every hundred in the United Kingdom (Crumley 2009).
"Easterbrook also does not tackle the influence of the news media upon human behavior. If copycat killings are so common, why not enact a ban reporting violent crimes? The First Amendment issues are too thorny, perhaps, but theoretically nonfiction could be as equally persuasive, if not more so, than fiction, in inspiring violence. Bans upon fiction are more strident because fiction is supposedly more 'controllable' by the imagination of the author, not because fiction is inherently more violent than nonfiction."
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