Readers are the reason writer’s put their message on paper. They are short-changed by censorship because the ideas, thoughts and messages of writers are being kept from them. Readers are being controlled by censorship. It forces the views of an individual or group upon a reader; what is offensive to one might not be to another. The first amendment protects our rights as Americans to receive information and ideas so our rights are infringed upon with literary censorship. Censorship effects readers from seeing things from a different perspective and different from the way they think. It limits what readers are exposed to. ALL of this is very negative for readers.
Writers are negatively impacted by censorship because it can be constricting and controlling. It limits and controls their creativity. It can prevent the writer from having his views, thoughts and ideas being available to readers. It prevents writers from expressing what they want to, the way they want to. They may be unable to publish what they want or if they are published, censoring can greatly reduce the number of people writers have the ability to reach. It can also have an impact on the number of books sold, impacting the financial stability of writer’s. It may discourage some writer’s from writing, feeling they can’t say what they want to, so it may silence some writers.
Writers such as Judy Blume who is so often censored, often become anti-censorship activistsl, fighting for their readers first amendment rights.
AUTHOR JUDY BLUME ON THE
EFFECTS OF CENSORSHIP
"In this age of censorship I mourn the loss of books that will
never be written, I mourn the voices that will be silenced --
writers’ voices, teachers’ voices, students’ voices -- and all
because of fear. How many have resorted to self-censorship?
How many are saying to themselves, “Nope...can’t write about
that.Can’t teach that book. Can’t have that book in our
collection. Can’t let my student write that editorial in the school
Publishers are ultimately the ones who decide what goes to print and have a huge impact on content. They have to be objective of the works of their writers and view it from the aspect of “who might this offend?” I’m sure it is difficult to convince a writer to change part of what they wrote, just to avoid controversy or ensure publication. But publishers KNOW controversy, they KNOW what sells and they KNOW what will be challenged. They must decide if the controversial material is worth the risk of losing readers, will it impact the message the writer intended, will it impact them and the writer financially. Publishers have a difficult role in censorship.