224. "Censorship is rarely, if ever, justified."
Censorship can contribute to the interests of the public.
1. It is true that government officials often use censorship to protect their vested interests.
2. What is also true is that the mass media tend to abuse their freedom of expression in order to maximize their commercial interests.
3. Government is responsible for preventing its people from potential harmful effects of the mass media.
6. "The most effective way to understand contemporary culture is to analyze the trends of its youth."
It is more or less true to say that contemporary culture is to analyze the trends of its youth.
1. We live in an age when old people are marginalized in society.
2. What we call mass culture produced by the mass media is, as a matter of fact, a reflection of the trends among the youth.
3. There is urgent need for the younger generation and the older generation to fill the gap between them and to build a more balanced contemporary culture.
10. "Governments must ensure that their major cities receive the financial support they need in order to thrive, because it is primarily in cities that a nation's cultural traditions are preserved and generated."
1. Subsidizing cultural traditions is not a proper role of government.
2. Secondly, subsidizing cultural traditions is not a necessary role of government. Philanthropy is alive and well today, and so government need not intervene to ensure that our cultural traditions are preserved and promoted.
3. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the speaker unfairly suggests that large cities serve as the primary breeding ground and sanctuaries for a nation’s cultural traditions.
49. "Imaginative works such as novels, plays, films, fairy tales, and legends present a more accurate and meaningful picture of human experience than do factual accounts. Because the creators of fiction shape and focus reality rather than report on it literally, their creations have a more lasting significance."
1. Admittedly, most fictional works rely on historical settings for plot, thematic, and character development.
2. Only imaginative works can bring an historical period alive—by way of creative tools such as imaginary point of view.
3. Only imaginative works can provide meaning to historical events—through the use of devices such as symbolism and metaphor.
4. Examples of important films underscore the point that creative accounts of the human experience hold more lasting significance than bare factual accounts.