Beneficial side effects of censorship
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
- "The book which most deserved to be banned would be a catalogue of banned books." --Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Aphorisms (G 37 in R. J. Hollingdale's translation and numeration)
Beneficial in the sense that any attempt at banning works of art, books or other cultural artifacts results in an aide to discerning culturati to seek out this forbidden fruit with zeal. Such has been the case with the Index Librorum Prohibitorum (the Catholic Index), the visual art of the Degenerate Art exhibition (picture, right) and Video Nasties.