Author Topic: Censorship, a growing threat to freedom of expression or a modern day necessity  (Read 1586 times)

Offline FreedomtoPublish?

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This is obviously a really topical subject at the moment in the wake of Charlie Hebdo, and is a topic that seems to genuinely polorise opinion

Iím currently completing my dissertation for my publishing masters and am looking to gauge public opinion around where we should draw the line (if we should draw one at all) between freedom to publish and censorship. If you have a spare 5 minutes I would really appreciate your input on the below google forms questionnaire:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1NCaWPBauPdrsy8ROSQpa9YXKZOlzX72f36_Ima2dC7I/viewform?usp=send_form

If you could fill this out it would be a HUGE help to my research! I'll even add Gingerbeer in my dissertation acknowledgements! ;D

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I've had a quick look at your questionnaire. What differences do you expect from an individual's region of residence? Is this the final draft? I like this censorship subject which is why I'm asking.

OnMyWay

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I was interested because of the subject too, but put off by the question about gender.  The options offered are male/female, which I understand to be sexes not genders.  It's a pet peeve and I know I'm not the only person it bothers.

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I filled it in.
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^ Me too.

OnMyWay

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So did I.  I came to a compromise with my inner pedant, by ticking "other" gender and writing in "woman"...

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I filled it in too.

I thought the list of things which you may or may not find offensive was misleading because it included sexually explicit material without any descriptors. Whilst I don't tend to find any material offensive based of whether it is sexually explicit, I would if it appeared in an inappropriate context and I would if it involved harm - so bestiality, child porn, sexual violence causing harm. But if I ticked the sexually explicit material box if would look as if what I was objecting to was the fact that it was sexual rather that it was in an inappropriate context or evidencing harm.

I find a lot issues around censorship are not satisfactorily resolved by asking whether material should be allowed to be published but how and in what circumstances it should be accessed and by whom.

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^ It depends what it is. I had a look at the survey (which was interesting, thank you - I've never seen one done in google docs format before). I think it totally depends on context. There are some things, in my view anyway, that should never be published. I'm possibly thinking of quite extreme examples there and also by published I'm not sure if it refers solely to books or any form of media.

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I find a lot issues around censorship are not satisfactorily resolved by asking whether material should be allowed to be published but how and in what circumstances it should be accessed and by whom.

Very good point.
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