Shut Your Mouth (Weekend Poll)

by: wheatmeister

December 21, 2013

What we don’t know won’t hurt us.

Is censorship ever justified?  What about showing journalistic restraint when there will be disastrous consequences for the truth coming out?  Is there some truth that is not useful?  Is it appropriate for conservative communities to suppress news that they don’t want published?  Should private institutions be allowed to suppress opinions they don’t like?  Where is the line?

Is censorship mostly good or bad? (Choose one)

  • Censorship is bad. It usually allows those in power to squelch criticism and avoid accountability. (51%, 35 Votes)
  • Bad. Freedom of speech is sacrosanct. People need to make their own judgments as readers what they will believe. (25%, 17 Votes)
  • Not sure. (12%, 8 Votes)
  • Good. Most journalism is sensationalist and full of bias and opinion. There is no such thing as real journalistic integrity. They only want to sell papers. They should be kept in check. (10%, 7 Votes)
  • Good. Censorship protects people from hearing alarming information that may not be true. (2%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 69

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5 Responses to Shut Your Mouth (Weekend Poll)

  1. hawkgrrrl on December 21, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    It was interesting to live in Singapore where there is one newspaper, and it’s overseen by the government. One thing I noticed was that it utterly lacked the sensationalism and gossip-mongering of the US and UK papers, partly because they didn’t have to sell papers – there was no competition. They also did quite a lot to control the story about the economy, and as a result, they really did avoid most of the problems with the global economic crisis.

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  2. Lonicera on December 21, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    That reminds me of a phrase, “I would rather have messy freedom than peaceful slavery.”

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  3. Douglas on December 21, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    #1 – HawkChick, you can afford to be dispassionate about the Singapore Gov’ts paternalism. It’s true that their culture is orderly and largely w/o the chaos of Western Society. Still, go on NetFlix and view “Demolition Man”…some wit and wisdom according to Dennis Leary 20 years ago (he HAD to have input on the script)…”I’m the enemy, ’cause I like to think; I like to read. I’m into freedom of speech and freedom of choice. I’m the kind of guy likes who likes to sit in a greasy spoon and wonder – “Gee, should I have the T-bone steak or the jumbo rack of barbecued ribs with the side order of gravy fries?” I want high cholesterol. I wanna eat bacon and butter and BUCKETS of cheese, okay? I want to smoke a Cuban cigar the size of Cincinnati in the non-smoking section. I want to run through the streets naked with green Jell-O all over my body reading Playboy magazine. Why? Because I suddenly might feel the need to, okay, pal? I’ve SEEN the future. Do you know what it is? It’s a 47-year-old virgin sitting around in his beige pajamas, drinking a banana-broccoli shake, singing “I’m an Oscar Meyer Wiener.”

    Self-censorship is an oxymoron, it’s called discretion.

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  4. log on December 21, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Censorship is why we wear clothes, folks.

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  5. wilt on December 23, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    I see censorship as a long-term concern. At some point (sooner than later given our TV and Internet reduction in attention span) we will forget the ‘other’ opinions. Eventually we will forget there ARE other options.

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