from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act, process, or practice of censoring.
- n. The office or authority of a Roman censor.
- n. Psychology Prevention of disturbing or painful thoughts or feelings from reaching consciousness except in a disguised form.
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- n. The use of state or group power to control freedom of expression, such as passing laws to prevent media from being published or propagated.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The office or power of a censor.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The office or dignity of a censor; the time during which a censor holds his office.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. deleting parts of publications or correspondence or theatrical performances
- n. counterintelligence achieved by banning or deleting any information of value to the enemy
This is underscored by the third use of “censorship” — that such “self-censorship” _grants legitimacy to censorship_.
I like your idea that censorship is intended to enforce one dominant idea and that seems to apply to what some might call ‘positive censorship’, as well as the very wicked kind of censorship from the other side.
But the nature of censorship is much broader, and in this case we see censorship from a large entity (that abuses its dominant position) against a small one.
While Kremlin censorship is generally effective, there are some reasons to hope its effects may weaken.
But to call it censorship is to confuse terminology.
Stanley Fish, self-appointed academic ombudsman of free speech, quibbles about the use of the term censorship, not understanding, or not wishing to understand, that if fear results in the silencing of speech -- a fear sired by the threat of direct force, or of a costly, ruinous lawsuit -- that is as much censorship as the employment of force itself.
The term censorship is often misapplied; it is the prior restraint of speech by the government.
The term censorship derives from censor, the title of the Roman official who conducted the census and supervised public morality.
I dont why (well actually I do, most people are idiots) but whenever the term censorship comes up, people really rally against this bill.
That very much will not happen so long as the censorship is at these levels.