Freedom of Expression vs. Control
Bonnet from France
TV and Hollywood solely responsible for violence in
Should they be controlled?
International students heatedly debate the
issues of freedom of expression and
control of media content.
of expression is an endless debate between the
French and the Americans. Being French, I rather
agree with the idea of a partial control of
quite hypocritical to think that everything is good
to say. For example, what do we have to do with the
neo-nazi propaganda? In France and almost all of
Western Europe, it is forbidden to promote these
ideas. We have learned of the causes and effects of
the Second World War. If there is an article, a
book, a thesis, a flyer or a magazine promoting
this idea, the author or the person responsible for
the publication has to pay a heavy fine.
the U.S., some people say they have the right to
affirm that the white race is superior, for
example, arguing that other people also have the
right to respond and write the opposite. Yet, when
someone in Colorado or elsewhere shoots five black
men or a young gay man or puts a bomb in a Jewish
school, it is an enormous scandal; everything
"falls down from the sky."
is it possible?" "How to protect our kids?" "Are TV
and Hollywood responsible?" There are a lot of
problems with TV, OK but it is not the only
responsible. This is a real political problem. To
control is not to forbid. Education is the best
shield to protect kids and people in general
against the effects of televised
the government have the same rights as a family to
control information? This is the question.
Americans seem to demand the second choice. In this
country, the family is the State. In Europe, the
State is, without question (except in elections!),
able to intervene (and not interfere).
usually spend hours and hours discussing this topic
with my American friends.
on media violence
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