"Bad facts make bad law, and people who write bad laws are in my opinion more
dangerous than songwriters who celebrate sexuality. Freedom of speech, freedom of religious thought, and the right to due process for composers, performers and retailers are imperiled if the PMRC and the major labels consummate this
nasty bargain." --Frank Zappa At the PMRC Hearings, 1985.
quote, Frank states that he believes that people who make laws tampering with our freedoms are more dangerous than musicians
who write about sexuality. He is also saying that the PMRC’s ideas will
destroy musicians’ freedoms. This quote supports our thesis because it
supports the fact that censorship limits communication, therefore limiting our rights.
“Books won't stay banned. They won't burn.
Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only weapon
against bad ideas is better ideas.” ~Alfred Whitney Griswold, New York Times, 24 February 1959.
This quote says that people who censor ideas can never win because ideas can’t be destroyed through book burning, editing,
etc. This quote supports our thesis because it says that people who try to limit
or destroy our freedom of speech and expression can never win.
“Dee Snider’s statement to the senate September 19, 1985”
In this congressional hearing, Dee Snider from the band “Twisted Sister” was asked to state his view on the PMRC’s
objective to put warning labels on CDs that contain explicit material. He also
informed Tipper Gore and the rest of the congress that Gore’s accusations of Twisted Sister’s music being sexually
explicit were, in fact, false. Dee Snider was one of the lead speakers against
the PMRC. He tried to get the point that censorship limits and corrupts communication
across to the public.
“I don't think there's a problem. First of all, I don't think
music turns people into social liabilities. Because you hear a lyric -- there's no medical proof that a person hearing a lyric
is going to act out the lyric. There's also no medical proof that if you hear any collection of vowels and consonants, that
the hearing of that collection is going to send you to Hell.
Frank Zappa, interview, WRIF, 1985
This quote says that music doesn’t necessarily influence
people to do the things it talks about. This quote ties in with our topic because
it says that what the PMRC thinks is wrong. The PMRC said that rock influences
kids to kill themselves and get pregnant.
wrote a song about dental floss but did anyone's teeth get cleaner?”
-- Frank Zappa, Senate Hearing on "Porn Rock",
1985, in response to Tipper Gore's allegations that music incites people towards deviant behavior, or influences their behavior
This quote implies that people don’t take actions according to music as the PMRC said. This quote ties in with our thesis because Frank Zappa is stating that censorship
is extremely wrong and should be abolished.
Zappa’s testimony against the PMRC”
This is the full testimony Frank Zappa made against the PMRC. He states his views
on the PMRC’s ideas and tells them what they’re doing is “an ill-conceived piece of nonsense which fails
to deliver any real benefits to children,” infringes the civil liberties of people who are not children, and promises
to keep the courts busy for years dealing with the interpretational and enforcemental problems inherent in the proposal's
design.” He also calls the members of PMRC ‘Wives of Big Brother’
(referencing to the book 1984 by George Orwell). This testimony is perfect for
our topic because Frank Zappa is trying to defend musicians’ First Amendment rights to free speech.
all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little
printed." -- Benjamin Franklin, 1730
In this quote, Ben Franklin is saying that everyone has different ideas and different views, so if a printer were to only
print ideas that everyone agreed with, there would barely be anything printed. This
ties in with our thesis because censors limit peoples’ ideas thinking that what they think is what the people think. So if one censor doesn’t like a book, it doesn’t mean that no one else
Denver’s Testimony against the PMRC” [http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a376806d70cec.htm]
This is John Denver’s testimony against what the PMRC was trying to accomplish.
This relates to our project because they talk about different acts of censorship.
Denver supports our thesis by saying children shouldn’t be restricted to information that could harm them.
“There is no such thing as a dirty word. Nor is there a word so powerful, that it's going to send the listener
to the lake of fire upon hearing it.”-- Frank Zappa
quite obviously states that no word is bad and you won’t be sent to “the lake of fire” because you listened
to music with “dirty” words. Our thesis is supported by this quote
because Zappa is saying that there aren’t bad words and that they shouldn’t be censored.
“Porn wars” by Frank Zappa [http://www.lyricsondemand.com/f/frankzappalyrics/pornwarslyrics.html]
This song is about the PMRC hearings by Frank Zappa
and other artists. The song was made to make fun of the PMRC and the senators
who spoke in favor of them. This song is saying that people who practice censorship
are idiots who don’t know the danger of censorship.
"Without free speech no search for truth is possible... no discovery of
truth is useful... Better a thousand fold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech. The abuse dies in a day, but the
denial slays the life of the people, and entombs the hope of the race." -Charles Bradlaugh.
In this quote, Charles states that extreme abuse of free speech would be better than denying
someone of their free speech. He also says that the abuse will eventually die
while the denial destroys people. This quote ties in with our project because
it supports free speech. Charles would rather have free speech be abused rather
than communication limited.