Thesis Statement For Internet Censorship

Thesis Statement on "Censorship"

Hey Guys sorry for the late post, I originally posted my outline and thesis statement yesterday, but for some reason it did not load on to our blog. So here is my second attempt, I will just give you guys my brief outline and thesis/intro and will give a more elaborate draft on my paper on my blog posting day when it is due! But for now here are my basic outline thoughts:

Thesis: While many believe censorship to be a necessity in certain contexts, the concept of censorship is intrinsically at fault in its attempt to control and thus halt the advance of knowledge, as seen evident in the censorship of Enlightenment thinkers after the creation of the printing press in sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Outline: 1. Introduce censorship methods in antiquity
2. Discuss invention of printing press and its implications of censorship
3. Discuss enlightenment thinkers and how censorship limited their transmitting of knowledge
4. Discuss origin of censorship (laws, etc)
5. Refute opposition
6. Conclude
and here is my first draft intro paragraph:
The concept of censorship in its true essence is control. Censorship is created as a direct result of an authority that has a set system of beliefs or morals, weighing knowledge and information with that moral system. These authorities have historically been organized religions, governments, and leaders of civilizations. If these authorities believe a certain work of knowledge to be contradictory to their set principles or laws then they use censorship as a way to control that knowledge so as to avoid corruption and dissent. In antiquity, the form of censorship was usually simple: arrest, destroy, silence, kill, or threaten the voice that is acting against the established belief system. But a man named Johannes Gutenberg unknowingly created a paradigm shift in the history of censorship with the invention of the printing press. The ability to spread knowledge through the form of text and print suddenly was available to the public. This new process of communicating knowledge so seamlessly posed new and much more complex issues to authorities in the control of knowledge that was contrary to their systems of belief. While the censorship of certain controversial works and texts are considered a necessity, the censorship of such works is still a halt to the free communication of knowledge, the consequences of this limitation of knowledge has historically been negative and proves the intrinsic fault in the method of censorship.

Should The Government Effectively Censor the Internet? Essay

1033 Words5 Pages

Thesis: The United States Government must cease trying to reduce privacy and censorship on the internet, because it limits the right freedom of speech, builds mistrust towards the government, and it wastes resources better spent on other types of law enforcement.
The United States Government needs to stop drafting laws that aim to reduce online privacy and give the government the power to effectively censor the internet. The creators of these proposed laws would try to say that they will allow the government to better protect against cyber-attacks and to maintain intellectual property. But what they don’t say is that the bills lack certain privacy and civil liberties protection. These are rights that people in this country have begun to…show more content…

Thesis: The United States Government must cease trying to reduce privacy and censorship on the internet, because it limits the right freedom of speech, builds mistrust towards the government, and it wastes resources better spent on other types of law enforcement.
The United States Government needs to stop drafting laws that aim to reduce online privacy and give the government the power to effectively censor the internet. The creators of these proposed laws would try to say that they will allow the government to better protect against cyber-attacks and to maintain intellectual property. But what they don’t say is that the bills lack certain privacy and civil liberties protection. These are rights that people in this country have begun to take for granted, while on the other side of the world, people are still giving their lives in hope to give their children freedom. For us to protect the freedom of speech and the right to privacy, the government must stop trying to pass legislation that allows the government to undermine these rights under the guise of national security. The United States Government must cease trying to reduce privacy and censorship on the internet, because it limits the freedom of speech, builds mistrust towards the government, and it wastes resources better spent on other types of law enforcement.
As the single largest reservoir of information and communication, the internet has to be protected from censorship because it limits the freedom of speech.

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