In our Social Studies course this week we’ve been discussing democracy and democratic values, and we’ve learned that two hallmarks of democracy are freedom of expressionand a free press. Blogging is very democratic because it’s a new way for us to express ourselves freely and share our thoughts with the whole world. In fact, in non-democratic countries people are not allowed to blog at all. In democracies-in-transition some people may be allowed to blog, but their blogs will be censored. This means that someone (a censor) reads the blog and takes out anything that they don’t want people to read. This is also be called the suppression of information. So, according to our democratic ideals …..
Freedom of Expression + Free Press = Good
Censorship = Bad
So, then why am I allowed to censor your blogs? Isn’t that undemocratic?
Shouldn’t students have the same freedom-of-speech rights as adults?
If you were in my position, what would you censor?
What would you not censor?