Final Project: Censorship or Common Sense
Outline for the Final Written Project
The Final written Project must conform to the following outline and the APA citation format. A title page is not required.
Analyze the article: “Censorship or Common Sense” using the Critical Questions in Browne and Keeley:
Here you must “ask and answer” all the critical questions in your analysis of the article in narrative form.
What are the issue and conclusion?
What are the Reasons?
What words or phrases are ambiguous?
What are the value conflicts and assumptions?
What are the descriptive assumptions?
Are there Fallacies in the reasoning?
How good is the evidence supporting the views and arguments?
Are there Rival Causes?
Are the statistics deceptive?
What significant information is omitted?
What conclusions are possible?
After you have analyzed the article, you will provide one argument in support of a position or claim made by the author and one argument refuting a position or claim. Your arguments should be based on the identification of flaws in the reasoning, not merely opinion. Your arguments should be supported by documented evidence.
- Argument in support of a position or claim of the proponents or opponents with additional evidence: Argument refuting a position or claim of the proponents or opponents with additional evidence:
Censorship is the suppression of speech, public communication, or other information. This may be done on the basis that such material is considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or “inconvenient.” Censorship can be conducted by governments, private institutions, and other controlling bodies.
Governments and private organizations may engage in censorship. Other groups or institutions may propose and petition for censorship. When an individual such as an author or other creator engages in censorship of his or her own works or speech, it is referred to as self-censorship. General censorship occurs in a variety of different media, including speech, books, music, films, and other arts, the press, radio, television, and the Internet for a variety of claimed reasons including national security, to control obscenity, child pornography, and hate speech, to protect children or other vulnerable groups, to promote or restrict political or religious views, and to prevent slander and libel.
Direct censorship may or may not be legal, depending on the type, location, and content. Many countries provide strong protections against censorship by law, but none of these protections are absolute and frequently a claim of necessity to balance conflicting rights is made, in order to determine what could and could not be censored. There are no laws against self-censorship.