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             Our great country that we live in today, The United States of America, was founded on two principles: Freedom of religion and freedom of speech. The pilgrims migrated over from Europe, searching for a new way of life, a new way of worship, and a new way of government. What they did not realize is that their search would lead them into a war that would last for eight years! For eight years, many were killed on the battlefield fighting for what we now take for granted today. We Americans today do not realize how fortunate we are to be able to have the freedoms that we have, for instance, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, and generally the freedom to do as we please. It takes a tragedy like September 11 to make us realize how grand our country is, and to be free. Yet, one year later September 11 has nearly been forgotten. What has happened to us Americans? Our freedoms are slowly being taken away from us yet we do nothing. It is as though we are oblivious to the freedom of speech being taken from us. Ah yes, the freedom of speech is slowly diminishing. I suspect a gasp when the title of this paper was read. It is my right, my freedom of the press, and my freedom of speech that gives me the right to tag such a title. Censorship is the antonym of freedom. We see censorship everyday in books, magazines, music, movies, and in television. It has become apart of our daily lives, and occurs so frequently that we simply overlook it. We need to stop overlooking it and start standing up for our right and freedom that our ancestors fought for. Censorship is absurd, it is ridiculous, and if anything at all it is more harmful than helpful. .
             How does television affect societal violence? Television violence does not affect societal violence. "There is no scientific basis for assuming [media violence] plays a major role in the development of aggression, and history provides countless examples of whole societies aggression before the advent of movies or television" (Kevin Durkin 26), The violence starts at home.

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