We’ve talked about censorship a lot in class. Every country has or has had censorship with the media at some point in time. I find it fascinating that other countries still have major censorship while America has moved on and now embraces the lack of censorship in some cases.
For example, in America’s past, there was a lot of censorship during times of war. Although we have not lived through those censored times, propaganda filled the media. We learn about books and movies that were used as propaganda all of the time in school. We even learn about books that were banned because they were censored in order to not send the wrong message.
Other countries are still doing this today, which says a lot about the progression of society in various countries. For example, today, places like Venezuela and Colombia still have censorship in their telenovelas. The telenovelas represent their country in ways that either shed a bad light on themselves or censor aspects that could go against certain political views. I think it’s important to note why this is still happening in certain countries when it has basically stopped in America.
America is a democratic country with citizen privileges and rights. However, other countries still don’t have that, and that means a lot. Other countries still don’t allow their citizens to even get news. Telenovelas are a huge part of the culture of Spanish speaking countries, yet people watching those telenovelas don’t even know what they are missing due to censorship.
As times change, so will telenovelas. We have learned in class about the consumption of telenovelas, and that has to do, in part, with what is going on in the country at the time. If a place like Mexico has a lot of issues with alcoholism, then the telenovela might reflect those issues. However, when it comes to political issues with dictatorships, some telenovelas will not address those political problems because their government won’t let them.
This is happening all over the world, not just in Spanish speaking countries. For example, North Korea still has major censorship on every single aspect of a person’s daily life. Although many countries have outgrown major censorship, there are countries that still have a little or a lot of censorship depending on what part in the world is being talked about.
The question I have is, will censorship ever stop? Americans have grown out of it with very little to no censorship at all. Now, Americans even make fun of the propaganda that used to be used during times of war. Will telenovelas ever truly be free from censorship? I think as time progresses, censorship will begin to disappear more and more just as it has in America.
In conclusion, is censorship a bad thing? No. Is it a good thing? No. But, it does keep a country’s citizens out of the loop of a culture that they are supposed to be living.