Volume 96, Issue 8
Wednesday, September 11, 2002

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Censorsh-t sucks a-s

By Megan O'Toole, Maggie Wrobel and Dale Wyatt
Gazette Staff

One year later, your A&E editors decided to go over some of the changes that have occurred since having the date Sept. 11 burned into our subconscious. We wanted to discuss how we feel the tragedy has affected music and the arts – both positively and negatively.

Megan: The most negative repercussion of Sept. 11 on the entertainment world has been the new wave of censorship that it's brought about. People are being forced to walk on eggshells instead of facing topics that need to be dealt with.

Dale: I must say I don't agree with censorship at all. Especially if it's specifically aimed at censoring a point of view contrary to popular media belief.

Maggie: I agree to a certain extent, but I do feel that new levels of freedom can breed new levels of evil.

Dale: I want to be able to buy an album that is pro-terrorism if I so desire. People need to see and hear what they oppose, not just be told to do so. Education must be two sided and censorship simply seeks to destroy one side.

Megan: Yeah, I agree. I also hate how the media tries to scapegoat particular bands in situations like this, especially metal bands like Marilyn Manson. It takes much more than a few controversial lyrics to cause a situation like Sept. 11.

Maggie: I can understand the fear that drives censorship, but I feel like people should be less lazy and try to think of ways to educate each other instead of silencing each other – that's the easy way out.

Dale: Censorship does seem to have dissipated now and is not as prevalent, so I just hope they don't restart the cycle.

Megan: One of the good things about Sept. 11 is that it has brought a lot of people and artists together.

Maggie: Music was the main thing that helped me deal with my feelings after the terrorist attacks. I didn't even cry at all until I watched Much Music one night a few days afterwards and they played "Street Spirit" by Radiohead – I broke down after that. Music helps people in so many ways.

Dale: I think the most positive change that came about was seeing artists do benefit concerts – that demonstrated the unique healing power that music can and does have.

Megan: I think music has this power because it can speak to us on a level that words alone cannot reach. It gets into our heads and inspires specific feelings, which is why it can be used as a tool for healing.

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