Censorship is the controlling and limiting of people’s ideas and speech, with this, people’s expressions and suppressed. This is mainly managed by the government in order to limit corruption and improve society.
First of all, what is offensive language? This term is entirely subjective to different people. It is up to the individual whether or not they find it offensive. The level of offense increases due to the context of the word, so the level of offense is not simply put on the word itself, but the way it is used.
Also, this raises the question of is offensive language equally offensive to all people? Personally, I am not too offended by the ‘F’ word as compared to adults. This is because I often hear it a lot throughout a day. We as teenagers often throw a few ‘offensive’ words into our sentences to add exaggeration or increase the humour. I often enjoy comedians and comedy shows more if there are swear words, as these can make them much funnier, and the use of them in the comedy media is increasing for this effect.
Therefore, offensive language is more effective towards older adults who are not that familiar with the words, as compared to teenagers who often use it many times.
A considerable cause for this is the increase of language in the media. The media is watched and available for access to all people. Movies, TV’s and video-games all include what is regarded as offensive language. The use of the words is increasing more and more and also more people are gaining access to the media as it is also increasing in size.
Recently, the use of offensive words in society has increased in general, and is continuing its increase. When I walk through the corridors in school, I usually hear Y6’s and Y7’s swearing at each other for no particular reason. There have been attempts by the government in some areas to censor offensive language but these have failed, showing how strong offensive language has become and the general use of it. With this, we know that we cannot simply censor offensive language as it is used to often, and all we could do is to try limiting it in small amounts.
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