The Self Censorship Conspiracy – The government wants you to censor what they don’t want us to know. Be aware of this silent killer of freedom, liberty and truth.
Self-censorship is a silent killer of freedom, liberty and truth. It’s easy to not speak up when we’re afraid for our jobs, friends or even lives. However, the consequences of self-censorship are grave: it allows oppression and injustice to flourish unchecked and unchallenged; it breeds ignorance by preventing us from hearing differing opinions; and finally, it leaves all forms of expression vulnerable to attack because there is nobody left who can stand up against any form of censorship. To fight back against self-censorship – which often comes in the guise of “political correctness” – we need everyone to take responsibility for their actions and words so that these three core values never die out completely.
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What is self-censorship?
Self-censorship refers to the act of censoring oneself – that is, deliberately withholding or altering information out of fear of retribution. It can take many different forms: from outright censorship (refusing to share an opinion or piece of information) to simply avoiding certain topics out of a sense of caution. Whatever form it takes, self-censorship always results in a loss of freedom, as we are not able to express ourselves fully or honestly.
The psychology of self-censorship
Self-censorship is often driven by a sense of fear – Fear of retribution from others, whether it be losing our job, being ostracised by our peers or even being hurt physically. This fear can come in many different forms and is dependent on the individual, but it always has a powerful effect on how we behave and what opinions we feel free to express.
The reason why self-censorship exists at all is because of our culture’s tendency towards conformity – or as some psychologists call it, groupthink. What this means is that people tend not to rock the boat too much when they’re part of any given social circle; instead, they assume that everyone else thinks like them without bothering to check first (this also explains why obedience goes up under authority). What happens next? People are more likely to censor themselves out of an unconscious desire for acceptance within their social groups – often by avoiding certain topics altogether, or by toning down their views to be more “palatable” to others.
Examples of self-censorship
One common example of self-censorship is when people avoid discussing certain political topics for fear of offending others. For instance, you might refrain from talking about your support for a particular political party because you know that your friends or family don’t share your views. Or, you might avoid talking about the news altogether because you don’t want to get into an argument. Other examples of self-censorship can include:
- Refusing to watch certain films or TV shows for fear of “corrupting” our minds
- Not reading books that may challenge our beliefs
- Avoiding social media for fear of getting into arguments with others
- Changing the way we dress or behave in order to fit in with a particular group
Self-censorship in the media
The most obvious example of self-censorship is when journalists avoid certain topics for fear of upsetting their editors or sponsors. This often results in a narrow range of political and social viewpoints being voiced, as those who wish to air more controversial opinions are left with nowhere to go but out into the wilderness (or onto alternative channels like YouTube). Self-censoring can also account for the omission of facts or pieces of information that might cause offense; while this may seem harmless enough at first glance, it actually prevents us from having an accurate picture about what’s really going on around us!
Self Censorship: Lessons From A Former Self Censor (let’s call him Don)
Don was someone who prided himself on what he calls his “authenticity.” He was often the person who spoke out against things that bothered him – even if it meant disagreeing with people around him (especially when they’re close friends). All that changed for him when he got a job as an editor for a large newspaper.
It started out with small things, like avoiding writing about certain issues or changing details to fit what was “socially acceptable.” He would find himself censoring everything from headlines and quotes to photos and even people’s names! The worst part is that it wasn’t just happening at work either (like most self censorship). It was also starting affect how he communicated online too. For example, rather than voicing unpopular opinions on social media sites, he would avoid commenting altogether because he didn’t want anyone disagreeing with him. But eventually this caught up with him and he started to feel like a fraud.
The way to fight back against self censorship for editors, journalists, and bloggers is by standing up to our fears, challenging the assumptions that drive it, and exercising our right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech is something worth fighting for! It’s not always easy to stand up for what we believe in, but by doing so we can help keep freedom of speech alive and kicking – and that’s something worth fighting for!
- Self censorship often happens on social media platforms or within journalism. Journalists avoid writing about certain topics for fear of upsetting their editors or sponsors.
- Stand up to our fears, challenge the assumptions that drive self censorship, and exercise our right to freedom of speech .
- We are not always easy to stand up for what we believe in, but by doing so we can help keep freedom of speech alive and kicking. This is something worth fighting for!
How can we fight back against self-censorship?
The first step in fighting against self-censorship is recognizing that it exists – and that we’re all susceptible to it, regardless of our political beliefs or worldview.
Standing up to our fears – If people are afraid to speak their minds, it’s because they’ve been conditioned to be. By standing up to our fears and challenging the assumptions that drive self-censorship, we can break free from its grip and start to express ourselves more freely.
This involves making a conscious effort to seek out different opinions (even if we don’t agree with them) and questioning why we feel so afraid of certain topics. It also means being prepared to speak up when we see others censoring themselves – even if it means taking on an unpopular opinion or facing ridicule from our peers.
Exercising our right to freedom of speech – The most fundamental way of fighting back against self-censorship is by exercising our right to freedom of speech. This includes speaking out against censorship whenever we see it, as well as challenging anyone who tries to silence us.
It’s not always easy to stand up for what we believe in, but by doing so we can help keep freedom of speech alive and kicking – and that’s something worth fighting for!
Once we become aware of the ways in which we censor ourselves, we can start to challenge them and speak up for what we believe in, even if it means standing alone. Here are a few tips on how you can resist self-censorship:
- Check your sources before sharing information with others. Make sure you’re getting your news from reputable sources and not just from people who share your views. Remember, just because someone is from the same political party as you doesn’t mean they’re always right!
- Talk to others about the topics you’re afraid to discuss. Chances are, there are other people who share your views but are too scared to talk about them openly. Start a conversation and see where it goes.
- Don’t be afraid to express yourself freely online. Social media can be a great way to share your opinions with others, but only if you’re willing to stand up for what you believe in. Remember: not everyone will agree with you, but that’s okay!- Stand up against censorship whenever you see it happening. Whether it’s at school, work or in the media, speak out against any form of censorship that limits our freedom of expression.
- Be open to new ideas and perspectives. Just because you don’t agree with someone doesn’t mean they’re wrong – try to listen to other people’s viewpoints and be prepared to change your own views if necessary.
In conclusion, self censorship is a silent killer that we need to be aware of in order to protect our freedom of speech and liberty. It’s something that affects everyone, regardless of political beliefs or worldview, and it’s important that we all work together to fight against it. What can you do to resist self censorship? Share your tips in the comments below!
Thank you for reading, and be sure to check out our other blog posts for more information on subject such as; PSYOPS: Propaganda, Censorship, and Disinformation and Censorship: The Psychological Operation Campaigns (PSYOPS), and How does censorship harm citizens in a free country?