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The Necessity Of Censorship And How It Applies To "The Catcher In The Rye"

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Many a time did we buy or borrow a certain movie, book or political magazine to watch that amazing scene, read that certain paragraph or look at that particular article that everyone else was talking about. But when going through the book or watching that movie we often find that that specific paragraph or scene just isn't there. It is then that we realize that the copy in our hands was subjected to censorship. At that very moment we feel a sudden gust of rage or anger erupting from within us. A certain rage or anger that forces out a question, which unfolds a series of other questions. Why was this movie or book censored? Who carried out the act of censoring? How did this person or group of persons know what to censor? Why don't they let me decide ...view middle of the document...

Also at certain times censors cut out important parts of a novel because they claim it contains obscene language, which in fact is very similar to the everyday language in the streets, in school and in the park.
For instance, when Salinger's 'The Catcher in the Rye' made it to school libraries and classrooms it was met with intense opposition. The work proved to be a favorite target for censors. The attacks on the book ranged from parent's complaints to seizing a shipment of the book by the Australian Customs, in 1957, on account that the book contained obscene language and inappropriate behavior.
What most of these censors didn't know was that the language in the book was the very same language used in schools and in society today. Moreover most censors and parents who have objected to the book, probably didn't even bother to read the book before condemning it.
This tends to be a common trend among everyone who practices the act of censorship, whether it is against a book, a magazine or a high school journal.
Among the most common publications that face censorship are high school newspapers or journals, where student's opinions and points of view undergo a so-called process of 'review' so that if any objectionable material was found it could be removed before the journal is published.
Individuals also face censorship in their everyday life. For example, I used to face censorship when discussing certain topics with other members of my youth group at church.
In conclusion censorship may sound like a good practice, but the truth is censorship leaves out the big picture and allows us to only see what censors think is appropriate for us.

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