As I am trying to finish the reading for tomorrow’s class, but I still find myself keep going back to the essays I enjoyed reading the most.
The essay that discusses Plato’s refusal to accept fiction as a proper educational tool, titled “Risk and the Internet: Perception and Reality,” brings about very intriguing points. Once again, in the Republic there is a specific part that is dedicated to the explanation of why the youth should not be exposed to fairy tales and unrealistic stories.
This essay touches on the fact that according to Plato, Homer should not have been held in such a high standing since his stories would harm children’s perception of reality, distorting the foundation of education.
Homer’s stories have numerous gods mixing in mortals’ affairs; there are many occasions in which gods even presented themselves as mortals. This specific account aggravated Plato, since a god was the ultimate force. Why would a god ever want to present himself as a mortal? How would the minds of young children interpret such information?
Plato deemed such stories as unacceptable to promote, especially to reveal them to impressionable children.
Censorship was always connected closely to new media. On page 187, it is noted that pornography is the driving force that continues to bring change and encourages the development of new media.
My thesis was about almost this idea. Cinema started in a very similar way, attempting to capture artists’ fascination with sex. Censorship is the direct result from overexposing the public with “harmful” imagery, but most importantly it is the tool that generates further demand from all that is labeled as inappropriate.
Margaret Maria Roidi