I was looking through an online conversation recently and realized that many of my friends are completely against online censorship. They do not want anyone policing or controlling what they are consuming. This can range from the types of movies to documentaries to even text that is online.
But curiously, something odd is happening with when the same people discuss censorship on television or the movies. For instance, the same people who cry hoarse against online censorship actually support some control over content being shown on television and the movies.
The argument is some people cannot handle this. Please read this “some people” as some people from an economic class. As if you have less intellectual capacity if you drive a bus instead of your own car.
Censorship in India, is often official for films and unofficial for other forms of art. Even movies that pass through the censor boards cuts and whims, can casually be stopped from being shown in a theatre because of a controversy.
All it takes is a political party or even an affiliated group, a few men who can yield a hockey stick and some targeted breaking of glass and bones at a mall or two and there, the said movie is censored.
Censorship is censorship!
3 simple rules
- Don’t like something on television – use the remote control and change the channel.
- Do not like a particular movie – do not watch it.
- Do not like a bold film poster – do not see it.
By the way if you did not like my views you are free not to read my blog. See it is that simple.