Suppose you are in the position of a parent. Wouldyou allow your children to read any book or see anyfilm they wanted to without first checking its contentor finding out whether it is suitable for them? Ifyour answer to the question is "yes," then you areeither extremely pe rmissive or just plainirresponsible. If your answer is "no ," then you areexercising your right as a parent to protect your children from what you consider to beundesirable influences. In other words, by acting as a censor yourself, you are admitting thatthere is a strong case for censorship.
Perhaps you will say that children need protection and it is the parents'responsibility toprovide it. But with adults, it is another thing. Of course many adults can decide what is goodand what is bad, but not all of them can do so. Censorship is for the good of society as a whole. Just imagine what chaos there would be if we lived in a society without laws! Like the law, censorship contributes to the common good.
Moreover, when discussing censorship, we should not confine our attention to greatmasterpieces of genuine art, but should consider the vast numbers of publications and filmswhich make up the bulk of the entertainment industry. When censorship laws are relaxed, unscrupulous people are given a licence to produce virtually anything in the name of "art", but actually are very far from being work s of art. There is a tendency to equate "artistic" with "pornographic". The vast market for pornography would rapidly be exploited. One of thegreat things that censorship does is to prevent certain people from making fat profits bycorrupting the minds of others.
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