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Censorship during wartime
Can ideas threaten a nation? Is censorship ever justified?
(39 postings)

Patricia Ideas threaten because they influence immensely! Peer presure and lots of other things are influence. Casual hints. Ideas totally threaten a nation because people become interested in bad things and the group keeps expanding until it's to big to stop!
November 12, 2006 03:10 PM
Mike Ideas can threaten a nation. The 20th century is a quintessential example of this, in which both far left and far right movements led nations into destruction. However, I dont think that censorship is a good idea. Let the people decide whats best, we should give more credit to human reason.
October 10, 2005 10:37 AM
Pam How can censor-ship reserve rights? Rights are by defini-tion the oppor-tunity for an individual to read, speak and make his/her own mind up without being told WHAT to read, think about or listen to. Freedom is the only way to preserve rights.
August 15, 2003 02:25 PM
Amy I agree wholeheartedly with Paul's comment! I encourage everyone to look up the relatively new country song entitled "Have You Forgotten?". This is a perfect example of how identifying the terrorist attacks with justification for the "Operation Iraqi Freedom" has become a test of a person's level of patriotism and Americanism. No doubt this misconception has worked in the favor of a few who come to my mind.
June 08, 2003 08:52 AM
Gemma I agree with malibu,people do have rights, and censorship helped protect them
May 22, 2003 03:11 PM
Grace What kind of rights? Like the right to live in an environment free from hate speech? (although that is not a constitutional right)
May 08, 2003 11:56 AM
Malibu I also think censorship is justified if it protects a person's rights.
May 08, 2003 11:39 AM
Maria I think censorship is justified if it protects a person's rights.
May 04, 2003 09:49 AM
Paul It seems to me that we have had a kind of censorship and "shaping of information" during the Iraq war. Ideas should only make us stronger, but not when they are made up of half-truths and propaganda. Censorship during wartime isnot as important as being a responsible citizen and understanding why one is fighting a war. I am thinking now of a recent poll that had many Americans saying that there was a direect connection between 9-11 and Iraq, and that there were Iraqis on the planes. Why censor when you can shape information so brilliantly and count on the fact that most people won't dig deeper.
May 04, 2003 09:47 AM

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