history of censorship question 

I've been thinking about the tension between free speech and censorship and other than a brief mention of Socrates (which somehow feels like muddying the waters?) I wasn't able to find anything about the history of this tension.

What forms did government censorship typically take before mass communication tech like the printing press and the internet, beyond leaders getting mad at dangerous popular speakers like Socrates?

history of censorship question 

@eleanorkonik How often was free speech considered a norm, let alone a value? Rather it seems normal when the barber whispers "The king has asses' ears" into a hole in the ground.

I thought the Greek city-states in Socrates' period described themselves as *unusual* in valuing the speech of their full citizens.

history of censorship question 

@clew Well, that's kind of what I'm trying to figure out.

Particularly with regards to the written word, and after-the-fact kinds of censorship (i.e. the sorts of "censoring" one might do by redacting a CIA document).


history of censorship question 

@eleanorkonik Or requiring publishers and playwrights to run everything past an office before profiting from it.

Surely this didn't matter so much before the printing press?, I thought to myself, what *was* Cato the Censor doing? Mostly judging the moral worth of candidates for high office, looks like. Plus a lot of other stuff, both admirable and deeply creepy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cato_the

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