Censorship is a powerful tool. In today’s society the easiness to access and find information is highly remarkable. We are surrounded by many vast resources that provide us information. Media, books and other ways of communication, which are extremely developed these days, are able to control to an extent societies knowledge. Due to this reality the following question starts to be wondered “To what extent can censorship create a determined perspective towards a topic, based on people’s lack of knowledge?”
Considering the fact that there’s no way we can know information, if we haven’t been told, shown evidence about it, or have perceived it ourselves, i expose the next example. In a situation in which certain information about a topic has been censored, therefore, never reached people’s knowledge, these people live oblivious to that information. Thus, when it comes the time to determine their own perspective towards the given topic, people will have just a portion of the information, hence they will not be able to come up with an objective point of view based on facts and total knowledge of a subject.
When people aren’t given all the information about something, their opinion may easily be manipulated, as there’s a lack of details and the opinions are not objective, in order for people to believe whatever interests those who control the information.
A clear example of this are dictatorships. In many countries, specially in asia, there are many dictatorships given, in which, the governors censor information about other countries, or other political situations, in order to make citizens believe that the situation they live is the best one, and therefore try to make people never revolt.
In the previous example we observe how, the lack of information about life itself in other countries,(knowledge about this topic) caused because of censorship, generates a popular non objective nor real opinion, that has easily been manipulated. Therefore, yes, censorship and not knowing may cause, a defaulted perspective and opinion towards a topic, because of it being not objective, or being manipulated, and even generating a reaction on people.