Is Censorship Unconstitutional?
Censoring knowledge is unconstitutional. Censorship had been going on since the beginning of the written word. This means that is not hard to say that it has been used as a manipulation tactic since the first man, or woman, placed their coal to a piece of dried goat skin. So does this make it wrong? To understand censorship, you have to start at the beginning. Censorship, no matter the definition, is when people who have power, wish to limit the knowledge of what we are receiving, or what we are expressing. We have not always had the rights we had now. Benjamin Franklins brother and employer, was actually arrested and lost his printing license for expressing criticism in his newspaper about
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It also allowed the citizens the ability to look through information connected to them. Now adays, the explosion of the Internet has made it much easier for average people to post their opinions. Any person with access to the Internet and a type of computer can easily post what is on their mind. From tweeting about their breakfast to live blogging about their opinions on a national debate, every thing can be set free into the world. Which is why, in 2011, The Stop Online Privacy Act swooped in with the desire to call copy right in fragments to a halt, mainly backed by people in high stances in large corporations. SOPA’s made desire was to stop fan made art, stories, videos, songs, and parodies. SOPA gave the US Department of Justice the right to control US Internet providers, and force sites like Youtube to delete all material that contained copy right in fragments. This would basically whip out the entire Internet, because copy righted material would be completely unavailable unless purchased. And in a country with 46.5 million people living in poverty, the chance to succeed slims drastically (“Poverty”). But many people apposed SOPA, and its companion PIPA. It was often claimed that the act was a violation to their free speech, and that many smaller companies would not be able to handle the backlash of it. In protest, many sites, such as Wikipedia, Wordpress, and Mozilla forced a black out of what it would be like if SOPA became a