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Welcome to the Research Guide for ENG101: College Writing.  Please use this guide to find resources for your Review and Research Paper on Cennsorship.  Please contact myself or any BCC Librarian if you have any questions.

What is Censorship?

According to the Encyclopedia of Politics, the purpose of censorship is always to stop someone from saying, printing, or depicting something that is seen as dangerous or which threatens societal norms. Censors seek to place limits on words, images, ideas, symbols, signs, books, music, and art. The danger in censorship is that the censor sets herself up as the judge of what is permissible and what is not. When government acts as censor by prohibiting criticism of its actions or by blocking the flow of information, it lays the foundation for tyranny. In response to national and state efforts to infringe on civil liberties, the U.S. Supreme Court has become known, sometimes ironically, as the guardians of liberty. The court has cautioned in cases such as FCC v. Pacifica Foundation (438 U.S. 726 438 U.S. 726, 1978) that finding speech offensive is no reason for suppressing it.

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