Censorability

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The censorability of a concept, movement or ideology is its vulnerability of being censored by its opponents.

Censorability can be quantified on a scale from "0" to "1", where "0" reflects an ideology that can completely withstand efforts to censor it, while "1" indicates easy suppression through censorship. A perfect score for censorability is "0", reflecting maximum strength.

The score is dependent in part on how the ideology or movement is expressed. For example, if a unique statement or outward sign is required as an essential part of the ideology, then it will have higher censorability than if its articulation is varied.

Ideologies can be rated for relative censorability as an indication of long-term strength.

Over time, movements that are relatively difficult to censor -- i.e., have a low censorability -- can thrive. An example is the pro-life movement: it has virtually a perfect "0" degree of censorability.

Concept or Ideology Censorability
(Scale 0 to 1)
Comments
Pro-Life 0 Virtually impossible to censor.
Freedom 0.1 The desire to be free is an innate characteristic of most people. History has shown that repressive regimes are eventually overthrown, no matter how much they try to indoctrinate their citizens.
Atheism 0.2 Many do not quickly recognize its forms.
Tea Party Movement 0.3 liberals haven't been able to censor it yet
Military recruitment 0.3 Anti-war liberals often try to shut down recruitment centers with protests most notably on college campuses, with little success.
Homosexual agenda 0.3 By claiming that criticism of immoral and unhealthy lifestyles is "bigotry," pro-homosexual activists are able to censor critiques of their political agenda.
Christianity 0.5 Dimwitted censorship of Christian references often occurs
Creationism 0.9 Absent from virtually every public school curriculum world-wide

Censor-Prone Environments

Different media, institutions and environments are more censor-prone than others. Colleges are extremely censor-prone environment, perhaps due to a small group of people acting with no accountability. The internet is at the opposite end of the spectrum, and is relatively immune to censorship.

Equation for Censorability

Censorability expresses vulnerability to censorship. It is possible to determine the censorability of a concept, movement or ideology , in a given environment E, over a particular period of time t, using the following mathematical equation where c is the number of occurrences of censorship of and o the number of uncensored occurrences of .

100%

The higher the percentage the less resilient the concept, movement or ideology is to censorship. So 0% means completely resilant to censorship and 100% means completely vulnerable to censorship.

Factors influencing Censorability

Ideas and movements' censorability is affected by various factors, including:

  • How easily the idea can be taken out of context
  • How easily the idea can be distorted and connected with negative ideas (ie. falsely claiming opposition to affirmative action is racism)
  • How complex the idea is, or how much background is required to understand it (complex ideas are easy to obfuscate, while simple ideas are hard to censor)

Ways to Reduce Censorability

Quantification of censorability may facilitate reducing the censorability of a movement or good idea. Just as exercise improves physical conditioning, there maybe techniques for enhancing the resilient attributes of a message.