Friday, October 15, 2010

You can't write that

So in case you haven't gathered I blog for class, typically I blog about things that are on my mind, however occasionally there are things I am required to blog about.  This post is in response to the topic of "Is Corporations censoring a person or snubbing them a violation of their freedom of speech?"

I would like to look at this from a writers standpoint.  We have spent most of our time in class talking about it in relation to broadcast (radio and television) and so I would like to look on the print side of things.

As journalistic writers we are encouraged to write without bias.  So typically if someone writes a news story without bias, it won't need to be censored because it is written the way that it should be.  However when people write books they can be censored.

This can be looked at from two difference angles.

Corporations refusing to print a writers book without it being edited; as well as, Corporations refusing to sell someones book.

Though the latter is not as prevalent today, there were several books that the U.S. government banned or censored that it was illegal to own in America.  There are though books that are still censored in some places (mainly libraries) in America.  This would be the second form of censorship I was talking about.  Here is an "up to date" list.

The first one is even more prevalent.  Where editors for publishing groups tell writers that they will not be published if they don't change what they have written.  This form of censorship I feel is more of a violation than the one mentioned above.  The one above means that the books have made it past publishing.  This second one, lays out a line saying it will not be published unless it is edited.  This I feel is definitely a violation of peoples freedom of speech.  Especially when the person is not paid by the publishing company, but instead are looking for someone to publish them.  I don't feel that someone should be denied printing of a book, simply because the editor or publishing company does not want it to be printed.  Attached is an interesting article about the matter.

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