The art of subversion and suppression explained
As a generalized definition, censorship is viewed as the suppression of free speech and communication of ideas. This is just a generalization however and the practice of censorship is extremely complex.
Censorship is a practice that is carried out by people and organizations in positions of power. These groups of people operate public censorship in order to exercise control and to push a certain viewpoint on the general population. Governments might censor the media to show their actions in a favorable light before an election. Newspapers may only print certain stories or publish a biased viewpoint in order to change public opinion or protect someone. Schools may even censor their student’s learning or internet access in order to protect them from harm. In instances like the later, censorship can actually be beneficial; however, in most cases, it is viewed as unethical and is simply used as a means of control.