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"Freedom of expression is never absolute," claims Brunel University Professor of Screen Media and Journalism Julian Petley, and throughout this compelling audiobook primer on censorship, he proves it. While assumptions about censorship may tie it to past regimes (like the Nazis) or modern, repressive governments (like China's), Petley explains how censorship is prevalent, even in Western democracies. Narrator Andrea Powell's serious tone adds weight to Petley's words as she discusses the main forms of censorship in the modern world, which include police harassment of journalists, destruction of works of art and literature, and banning works. All told, this volume is a startling listening experience that will alert audiences to censorship through history and in the modern world.
When we think of the word 'censorship', we imagine blacked out words and authoritarian political regimes of the past. However, censorship is alive and well today, and just as pervasive in capitalist democracies as repressive regimes. Offering a potted history of the phenomenon from the execution of Socrates in 399 BC to the latest in internet filtering, Petley provides an impassioned manifesto for freedom of speech. Also explaining how media monopolies and moguls censor by limiting what news and entertainment they impart, this is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in global media in the information age.
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Petley delivers a clear and concise introduction to censorship. A must listen for anyone studying or interested in censorship as a topic.