Amphiist 31: Censorship can be good

· Entertainment, Popular culture

There are many sides fighting to influence our world view

We need to listen to all of them (free speech)

Including what the mainstream media refuses to cover

The rest of us are entitled to our perspectives:

Shia Muslims, men’s rights, socialists, etc.

Amphiist is a Greek word meaning looking at both sides

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Mainstream media perspective

The traditional media doesn’t talk much about classic films anymore. When I was little, they used to show old movies on late-night television. They now prefer to focus on extreme depictions of sex and violence without any censorship. Censorship certainly has its place, which I will show in this edition of Amphiist. I recently watched Ingrid Bergman’s first American film. It tells the story of a famous (married) violinist who falls in love with his young pianist. They go off together on a trip. He hesitates about signing divorce papers. His friend convinces the girl (Bergman) to leave the man she loves. The man goes back home to his wife.

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The Other Side

There are two times I can think of where censorship has played a positive, instrumental effect. The first is with reference to old movies. In 1934, the Hays Code came into effect. In the 1920s and ‘30s, things were getting out of hand, according to Will Hays. I remember watching Letty Lynton, a Joan Crawford movie from 1932. Her character literally got away with murder. It is movies like this which led to implementation of the Hayes Code, in my opinion. Censorship in older movies led to increased creativity. Think Hitchcock (the famous director, Alfred) and how Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant had to interrupt their kisses to appease the censors…and in so doing, made their scene significantly more romantic with heightened tension.

So censorship is not always bad. A more contemporary example is the deplatforming of the altright, those with a Nazi mindset, who create ingroups and outgroups. The ingroup for these people are thin, beautiful and handsome white people, with the outgroup essentially being everyone else. On Twitter, when they espouse violence or hatred against the outgroup, they are often being banned rightfully, because Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says that social media platform owners have a responsibility to censor potential danger.

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