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Censorship, n. 1. the act or practice of censoring.

Censor, n. 1. an official who examines literature, television programs, etc., for the purpose of suppressing or deleting parts deemed objectionable on moral, political, military, or other grounds. 2. an adverse critic; faultfinder. (Random 215) EXTREME WRESTLING IS BACK IN NEW JERSEY FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY!!!!! YOU'LL SEE CHAIRS, FIGHTS AND BLOOD! EVERYONE COME IN AND SEE"¦.wait how old are you? Only 17, sorry kid, you can't come in, get out. There are some people who would listen to that statement and rejoice in the fact that children under 18 are not allowed to see such acts. However, there are others who would rebel against a promotion barring people under age at the door. Regardless of what side they stand on, that is the law. Although there is a strong concept behind censorship, the arguers for and against have never come to a coinciding agreement Today, more so than ever, censorship in an enormous topic in society and politics.

Even though censorship has been around for many years, it hit mainstream in the 60's, with banning of rock n' roll music and said concerts. As big as it was then, today it is bigger than ever. Many people believe that society today has become too violent. There is violence in movies, videogames, media, the music industry and even in books. As a result government officials have stepped in to take the necessary precautions to make sure that tomorrow's generation is not brainwashed with violence.

The government's first shot at cracking down the violence was establishing a ratings system. One of the pioneers of the "labeling system" was Al and Tipper Gore ("Criminalization" 1). Starting in the mid-1980's their contributions have spawned numerous bills and laws calling for a mandatory labeling system...