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Cathy Lee
03-05-2005, 02:40 AM
No.82 Government should never censor the artistic works or historical displays that a museum wishes to exhibit.

I agree with the broad assertion that government should not censor the artistic works or historical displays that a museum wishes to exhibit, while under some circumstances, government should stop the exhibition in order to avoid askew guidance on the public.

The first circumstance under which government should interfere with the exhibition is that during a special period of time when the society is not stable or when the public are in panic, artistic works that are likely to bring about shocks among the public should not be displayed. For example, after the occurrence of 9.11, artistic works or historical displays which seem to be violent should be stopped from being exhibition in order to appease the public.

Another circumstance which requires a government to censor the artistic works or historical displays is that when the works or displays tend to make an inappropriate guidance on the public. For instance, if a historical display is declined to teach people to hate another country and behave violently toward it which once had a war with their own country, the display should not be allowed to show in the exhibition. It is not to say that government should withhold some sorts of historical events from the public, but that since the public sometimes are likely to behave impulsively government should try to stop the public from violence towards another country and people of that country and minimize the negative effect on diplomatic relationship with that country.

Excluding the foregoing two conditions, government should give enough freedom to the exhibition of the artistic works or historical displays. One reason is that government officials usually are not professional at the arts, and thus might hinder the development of the arts and prevent the public from appreciating the great artistic works if they have the absolute right to censor the exhibition. Many artists, like , a famous ancient Chinese artist, were not known to many people at his time simply because their works are not coordinate with the taste of contemporary government officials. It is a pity that only people after him can appreciate his works and admire his awe-spring talents.

While the government should not censor the artistic works or historical displays that a museum wishes to exhibit, it should pay attention to the works and displays. Many of the artistic works can indicate the real living condition and spiritual condition of society since the arts can be viewed as a microcosm of life. By appreciating and analyzing the artistic works, government can get an insight of people's living condition.

Another problem that government should be responsible for is the security of the exhibitions. Some of the ancient artistic works are very precious and require special protection of government. Government might not need to appoint special guards to help protect the exhibitions, but it does need to inspect the security condition of the museum.

In sum, the government generally should not censor the artistic works or historical displays that a museum wishes to exhibit on condition that the works and displays will not beget big panic or problems to the society. But it is the government's responsibility to guarantee the security of some especially precious exhibitions.

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05-14-2005, 07:23 PM

Length: OK
Intro / Conclusion : Need more work, don't start agreeing in the first sentence, put the reader in perspective and then present your views.
Language: Incorrect usage of some words e.g. "if a historical display is declined to teach people", repetition of opening sentences
Content: OK
Reasoning: Could add more cogent points

Rating: 4.0