Film Censorship Quotes

“Censorship, like charity, should begin at home, but unlike charity, it should end there.” Clare Booth

“We have, as a nation, become our own thought police; but instead of calling the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and wonder “censorship,” we call it “concern for commercial viability.”” David Mamet (director)

“Censorship in any form is the enemy of creativity, since it cuts off the life blood of creativity: ideas.”

“Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.” Potter Stewart

“Vietnam was the first war ever fought without any censorship. Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.” General Westmoreland

“Censorship feeds the dirty mind more than the four-letter word itself.” Dick Cavett

Censorship always defeats it own purpose, for it creates in the end the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion.” Henry Steele

“Violence and smut are of course everywhere on the airwaves. You cannot turn on your television without seeing them, although sometimes you have to hunt around.” Dave Barry

TV researcher Dr. Leonard Eron of the University of Michigan has said, ‘The only people who dispute the connection between smoking and cancer are people in the tobacco industry. And the only people who dispute the TV and violence connection are people in the entertainment industry.’

US Surgeon General Dr. Jesse Steinfeld testified before the US Senate on his assessment of the research on TV violence and behaviour: ‘It is clear to me that the causal relationship between televised violence and antisocial behaviour is sufficient to warrant appropriate and immediate remedial action. There comes a time when the data are sufficient to justify action. That time has come.’

“Graphic violence in the media. Does it glamorize violence? Sure. Does it desensitize us to violence? Of course. Does it help us tolerate violence? You bet. Does it stunt our empathy for our fellow beings? Heck yes. Does it cause violence? That’s hard to prove. The trick is to ask the right question.” Calvin and Hobbes (Watterson)

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