Should Artists have Total Freedom of Expression? Essay

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Should Artists have Total Freedom of Expression?

Laws about obscenity, libel, slander and official secrets restrict freedom of expression, yet society’s understanding of what is offensive often needs to be clarified by the courts. Personal freedom requires the exercise of judgement even if law limits it.

Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights states, “Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers” and “ The exercise of these freedoms may be subject to such
…restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law…for the protection of the health or
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The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals stepped over the homeless population, the drug addicts, the welfare mothers, and passed by dozens and dozens of McDonalds and
Burger Kings to let their voice sing out on behalf of the animal carcasses in the show. Concern over this particular right-wing segment of society, who contribute to the abortion debate with firearms and bombs and express their opinion of homosexuals by beating them to death and hanging them on fences, caused the museum to station armed guards and airport metal detectors at the entrance, the detectors so sensitive that they found metal on me that security at JFK airport let slide just the week before. People, New Yorkers even more scared of being jarred out of their little comfort zone, more scared of a piece of canvas, than they are of a dictatorial government making sweeping decisions over what they can and cannot see.”

Below is some of the work at the Sensation’s exhibition. You may decide it is art, you may decide it is not. The important thing, the vital thing, is that you were given the choice to decide. Please do not forsake that. The day you do is the day you officially become a slave. You are greeted by the towering presence of Marcus Harvey's first piece in the exhibition, a black and white portrait of a 60's era bouffant-ed woman. At first, the work

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