Censorship (Communication)

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  • The practice of supervision over behavior and morality. Censorship is historically inculcated in the tension of power relations, both structurally (in the Foucauldian sense, wherein institutions function to censor their subjects) and in day-to-day communication (e.g., between a supervisor and an employee). Censorship is shaped by cultural ideologies surrounding truth and is generally concerned with the control, interpretation, content, and dissemination of information. Ideologies relating to censorship include who has access to and who needs protection from information. Furthermore, the ability of an individual to effectively articulate may be undermined by self-censorship and structural censorship. These types of censorship are largely determined by the subjectivity of the individual, which is shaped by factors such as age, race, gender, and class, as well as structural positioning. ...

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