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Censorship: Is it Necessary?. Argument Essay Enda Tuomey. Introduction Layout. Definition and/or Situation One side Other side Thesis: “ This essay will…”. Intro: Definition.

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Censorship is it necessary

Censorship: Is it Necessary?

Argument Essay

Enda Tuomey


Introduction layout
Introduction Layout

  • Definition and/or Situation

  • One side

  • Other side

  • Thesis: “This essay will…”


Intro definition
Intro: Definition

  • Censorship occurs when a country or a group of people block certain material so that others cannot access it. These materials can be political, religious, sexual, violent, or economic in nature - anything that the censors or governments disagree with.


Intro situation
Intro: Situation

  • In many countries around the world, government censors restrict access to certain kinds of material for their citizens. Movies with sexual content, textbooks with political ideas, violent video games - all sorts of material can be blocked.


Intro one side
Intro: One side

  • Some people agree strongly with the need for censorship. They argue that it protects society.


Intro other side
Intro: Other side

  • Others disagree, believing that they should be free to decide what they read, see or talk about.


Intro this essay
Intro: “This essay…”

  • This essay will examine the arguments for and against censorship.


Essay layout
Essay Layout

Your essay layout will depend on whether you agree or disagree with the topic.Is Censorship Necessary?


Layout for no
Layout for NO

  • Topic Sentence

  • Three Ideas

  • Each idea has a supporting sentence

  • Total: minimum seven sentences


Topic sentences for no
Topic Sentences for NO

  • There are many arguments against censorship

  • It is easy to see why many people are opposed to censorship

  • Censorship can be opposed on many grounds

  • There are several reasons why censorship does not work

  • People are opposed to censorship for many reasons

  • Many people are strongly against censorship

  • Censorship irritates many people


Sentences for no
Sentences for NO

  • Some people feel that they should be free to decide what they watch or read.

    Supporting idea:

  • They think they are mature enough to know what is good and bad.

1


Sentences for no1
Sentences for NO

  • Others feel that censorship is pointless today.

    Supporting idea:

  • Nowadays people can travel to other countries and discuss ideas or read materials unavailable in their own country.

  • It is also impossible to block material on satellite or on the internet.

2


Sentences for no2
Sentences for NO

  • One of the biggest objections to government censorship is that much material is blocked for no apparent reason.

    Supporting idea:

  • Often useful material for example in textbooks or medical sites is blocked.

3


Sentences for no3
Sentences for NO

  • Opponents of censorship also claim that unless the people of a nation are fully educated that there can be no development.

    Supporting idea:

  • They resist the idea of being treated like children by a government ministry.

4


Sentences for no4
Sentences for NO

  • Those in favor of removing censorship also claim that the type of material blocked is chosen for the wrong reasons.

    Supporting idea:

  • For example, many very violent movies are allowed in most countries, but intellectual films and books are banned due to some minor sexual content.

5


Sentences for no5
Sentences for NO

  • The biggest argument against censorship for many people is the idea of personal freedom.

    Supporting idea:

  • These people believe they have the right to decide what they want to see or read or discuss.

6


Layout for yes
Layout for YES

  • Topic Sentence

  • Three Ideas

  • Each idea has a supporting sentence

  • Total: minimum seven sentences


Topic sentences for yes
Topic Sentences for Yes

  • There are many arguments for censorship

  • It is easy to see why many people are in favor of censorship

  • Censorship can be supported on many grounds

  • There are several reasons why censorship is necessary

  • People are in favor of censorship for many reasons

  • Many people strongly support censorship

  • Censorship is viewed as essential by many people


Sentences for yes
Sentences for YES

  • People in favor of censorship believe strongly that the society needs to protected against violent and pornographic material.

    Supporting idea:

  • Very few people would support the availability of hard-core pornographic movies or magazines.

1


Sentences for yes1
Sentences for YES

  • There is often very strong support in a society for limits on certain kinds of materials for religious or cultural reasons.

    Supporting idea:

  • People expect their governments to act to prevent the distribution or availability of forbidden material or items.

2


Sentences for yes2
Sentences for YES

  • Another point in favor of censorship is that many people are not educated enough to really understand complex political ideas.

    Supporting idea:

  • Allowing people to discuss political ideas without enough background knowledge could destabilize a society.

3


Sentences for yes3
Sentences for YES

  • One good reason for censorship is that people selling pornography and other materials do not care about children.

    Supporting idea:

  • They will advertise their products and it will be impossible for children to avoid seeing them.

4


Sentences for yes4
Sentences for YES

  • Governments have a duty to stop illegal materials being available through the internet.

    Supporting idea:

  • People should not be able to download illegal software of any kind. The government has signed agreement to protect intellectual property.

5


Sentences for yes5
Sentences for YES

  • Another point is that governments which censor materials are acting in defense of the views and traditions of the society.

    Supporting idea:

  • They are not doing it to restrict individual freedom, but to make the society a safer place to live in

5


Conclusion layout
Conclusion Layout

The conclusion should/can

  • summarize both sides (two sentences) and explain what they think

  • explain that the problem is difficult/simple

  • give your opinion

  • look to the future


Sentences for conclusion
Sentences for Conclusion

  • In conclusion, people are strongly divided on the issue of censorship

  • While some people have very valid reasons for objecting to censorship, …

  • …others believe firmly that they alone have the right to decide what they read or see.

  • Personally, I feel that some forms of censorship are necessary, but that the government needs to be open about its decisions.

1


Sentences for conclusion1
Sentences for Conclusion

  • Personally, I feel that some forms of censorship are necessary, but that the government needs to be open about its decisions.

  • As for myself, I believe that censorship is absolutely necessary if we are to protect the morals and traditions of our society.

  • There is no doubt in my mind that censorship is totally unnecessary and pointless. People should be free to make up their own minds, and to exercise their choice as adults.

2


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