From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
For nearly the entire history of book and film production, certain media products have been either boycotted by political and religious groups or literally banned by a regime for political or moral reasons. Paradoxically, banning a media product often completely fails to achieve its intention of preventing a media product from being perceived- the publicity given worldwide to banned products often results in it being given attention it might not otherwise receive.
With the advent of the internet, the ability of groups or governments to ban media products is hindered. Obvious problems with using the internet as a distribution system include the inability for a producer to profit from his or her product. Recently, Michael Moore stirred up controversy by encouraging people who were curious about but didn't want to financially support his film, Fahrenheit 9/11, to download it and watch it on their computers.
- The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France
- Banned books
- Banned films
- Homo sacer and the sovereign state of exception
- Shunning practiced in the Amish community
- Censure and Excommunication, which may result in a ban pursuant to Religious law
- Prohibition - usually referring to historical and current laws regulating prohibition of alcohol
- Banned substances in sports