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Censorship ? or not

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  • Center Left
    Independent
    Central, FL
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    Typically I'm one million percent against censorship of any kind. The govt. needs to not worry about the books I read, the web sites I visit, the music I listen to, the forms of entertainment that I enjoy.
    However,
    This crazy Boston bombing makes me wonder if web sites that teach you how to make bombs. Teach you what recipes will make effective poisons. Teach you how to perform a crime with little chance of being caught, etc., etc. are the kinds of things that should not be readily available to anyone.
    I don't want to wake the sleeping giant but is there such a thing as too much access to all information ? Thoughts ?
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    No, you should not censor offendable material but there must be some type of accountabilty for those who do publish harmful or hateful material for the sheer joy of seeing how much havoc they can create, if perhaps there was some sort of liable issue that holds them accountable for the results of their material,maybe we can slow that nonsense down.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    TJ Wrote: Typically I'm one million percent against censorship of any kind. The govt. needs to not worry about the books I read, the web sites I visit, the music I listen to, the forms of entertainment that I enjoy.
    However,
    This crazy Boston bombing makes me wonder if web sites that teach you how to make bombs. Teach you what recipes will make effective poisons. Teach you how to perform a crime with little chance of being caught, etc., etc. are the kinds of things that should not be readily available to anyone.
    I don't want to wake the sleeping giant but is there such a thing as too much access to all information ? Thoughts ?
    The weird thing however "censorship" exists already on a lot of things; we see daily the news from Europe or elsewhere; often (especially if political etc.) a lot of this news is either held back or not given here. The news here seems to be screened all the time so it suits us; never a bad word about Americans and who they kill oversees etc. They are just about always portrayed as "hero's" in the news here. Have you heard lately how many people are being killed by drones all over the place? I guess not. Sorry to say "the news" here is very one sided or "tinted".
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Looking at the news day and day; sure there is censorship here or pure hypocracy; for instance how many hours news on the Boston thing; it goes on even today. In the meantime for instance 300 people got killed in Bangla Desh the news for that is exactly one minute while for the 3 people dead the news is at least 100 hrs or more. We have become such a self centered nation it is unbelievable. Also for the last few month I've not heard how many people we killed with our drones or actions in Afghanistan; sure is censored. What is wrong with this country; what is not censored is how to make bombs via the internet. I guess we are eager to experience the next event and can't wait. What a country!! Go bravely to church and forget reality.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    Reality! What a concept!

    Now you and I both know why Boston is STLL overblown by the "news" channels: ratings. If they thought they could get better ratings by covering Bangladesh, watching grass grow, watching paint drying, or anything else then that's what they would put on. I am as tired of Boston as are most people but ratings, ratings, ratings equals money, money, money.

    You have to admit that watching the parents deny that these two terrorists had anything to do with it is kind of ...what? Surreal? Weird? According to mom it was professional Hollywood actors who planted the bombs so it could then be blamed on her terrorist kids. Well THAT explains it! The really sad thing is that some people actually believe her.

    Boston equals ratings equals money, yes it's that simple.
  • Liberal
    Independent
    Durham, NH
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    It's not really about "news" it's about the bottom line. This is America where the only real God we worship is $$$$$$$$$$
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    pr Wrote: It's not really about "news" it's about the bottom line. This is America where the only real God we worship is $$$$$$$$$$
    Yes the worst part of it you can buy any "representative", any "government unit", any nice war toy" and even a place in "heaven" or even a goldplated coffin.
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    Remember when there was such a thing as yellow journalism? It has bred with investigative journalism and the child needs medication.