Media Studies

  • noun
    (written as Comstockery)
    the practice of censoring anything that could be seen as immoral or obscene in published material


  • The vigorous suppression of books, plays, and other literaturedeemed to be salacious or corrupting, as advocated by the New YorkSociety for the Suppression of Vice, whose moving spirit was AnthonyComstock (1844 - 1915). The word was coined by George BernardShaw after the New York production of his play Mrs Warren'sProfession had been closed down at Comstock's instigation.