You know what the worst part of censorship is?
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Suppressing communication or media
Psychologists use this term to for things that are put forward by moral crusaders to explain moral decline and violent crime in society.
Moral panics have included rock music, video games, video nasties and porn.
Violence is actually decreasing in our society according to statistics which people ignore for emotional reasons because they are primed by the media.
"Freedom is the right to tell people what they don't want to hear" - George Orwell
People do so love being told what they can watch, eat, wear etc for their own good. Just try it on someone and see how they react.
Funnily enough people don't seem to mind censorship when it applies to what others want. But then seem surprised when no-one supports them when they want a censorship removed.
Is it o.k to take offence by proxy?
Censorship is inconsistent with a liberal society.
Just because people don't want to hear something, they are not entitled to gag others.
How did we progress from a country where gays are prosecuted to one where they are treated as equal? Because people were free to dissent. Censorship undermines this process.
Why is it necessary that we all live in protective bubble? A ban on advertising applies to everyone, that means you. The fact that you may not want to advertise is irrelevant, you can't choose to do it if you did want to do it. Effectively what has been banned is your ability to act, not just the advertising.
The same goes for anything that is banned, its not the item, or action that is banned, it is you that are banned from acting out your conscience.
Defamation and the law prohibiting conspiracy to commit murder are not a curtailment of free speech. Please see those sections for more detail.
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