Beneficial side effects of censorship
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The beneficial side effects of censorship are best illustrated by German writer Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's dictum which stated that "The book which most deserved to be banned would be a catalogue of banned books."
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 to a lesser extent, the Video Recordings Act 1984.