Publications Should Be Censored .What's Your Opinion?
Suppose you are in the position of a parent. Would you allow your children to read any book orsee any film they wanted to without first checking its content or finding out whether it issuitable for them? If your answer to the question is "yes," then you are either extremely permissive or just plain irresponsible. If your answer is "no ," then you are exercising your rightas a parent to protect your children from what you consider to be undesirable influences. Inother words, by acting as a censor yourself, you are admitting that there is a strong case forcensorship.
Perhaps you will say that children need protection and it is the parents'responsibility toprovide it. But with adults, it is another thing. Of course many adults can decide what is goodand what is bad, but not all of them can do so. Censorship is for the good of society as a whole. Just imagine what chaos there would be if we lived in a society without laws! Like the law, censorship contributes to the common good.
Moreover, when discussing censorship, we should not confine our attention to greatmasterpieces of genuine art, but should consider the vast numbers of publications and filmswhich make up the bulk of the entertainment industry. When censorship laws are relaxed, unscrupulous people are given a licence to produce virtually anything in the name of "art", but actually are very far from being work s of art. There is a tendency to equate "artistic" with "pornographic". The vast market for pornography would rapidly be exploited. One of thegreat things that censorship does is to prevent certain people from making fat profits bycorrupting the minds of others.
本文是一篇议论文。作者从多方面、多角度主张出版物应受审查, 段从儿童的角度辩论, 第二段从成人和全社会角度辩论, 第三段从区分真假艺术作品角度辩论。全文议论文体表现强烈, 书面语气息很浓。
censor (ship) v .( n .) 审查
in the position of 设身处地
plain/completely irrespon sible 极不负责
exercise right 行使权利
undesirable influences 不良影响
It is another thing with adults 对成年人来说则是另一回事
get a licence 得到通行证
in the name of "art" 以“艺术”的名义
corrupt the minds of others 腐蚀别人的思想
for the good of 为了萢利益
confine our attention to 注意力局限于
masterpieces of genuine ar t 真正的艺术杰作
the bulk of publication s 大量出版物
unscrupulous people 不法之徒
pornography( ic ) 黄色(的)
laws relaxed 法律松弛