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Changes in Television Censorship
An examination of the changes in television censorship.
# 67310 | 953 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Jul 04, 2006 in Film (Television) , Sociology (Media and Society) , Child, Youth Issues (General)

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In this paper the author examines the changes in television censorship that have occurred over the past 50 years. He looks at how censorship has developed in relation to the development of the television itself. He examines that with the technological advancement of television there have also been technological advances in censorship such as the violence chip, more commonly known as the V-chip. The author describes how the V-chip was developed as an aid for parents to screen out certain programs that have been rated for violent content. The author discusses the laws that have been introduced to help television censorship and how they have been accepted by the general public. In conclusion the author reminds us that censorship is not enough and the viewing time of our impressionable youth also needs to be reduced.

From the Paper:

"These changes from television's inception are clearly not positive. Both underage smoking and the burden of dealing with the lessons children learn from violence in the media has been placed on parents; it has not been seen as a responsibility of the masses. However, lessons surrounding both topics are played out every day in the classroom, schoolyard, home, and wider community. Moreover, both issues have become public health issues that affect all of us. As such, it may seem plausible that censorship is indeed the answer. However, the true issue is personal responsibility, since consenting adults should have the right to buy legal products and should also have the right to advertising to determine which brand they should buy. Instead of censorship, it is time to work together to reduce the problems created by smoking and violence for our children."

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