Fiction is largely perceived as a form of art and/or entertainment, although not all Fiction is necessarily artistic. Fiction may be created for the purpose of educating, such as fictional examples used in school textbooks. Fiction is also frequently instrumentalized by propaganda and advertising. Fiction may be propagated by parents to their children out of tradition (e.g. Santa Claus) or in order to instill certain beliefs and values. Fables with an explicit moral goal are not necessarily targeted at children, however. Fiction may over time blend with factual accounts and develop into mythology.[verification needed] Many atheists perceive religion as no different from any fictional tale, whereas members of religious groups typically explain their beliefs with faith and/or historical figures/events; and claim they are fundamentally different from fictional tales (although they may call other religious views fictional).[verification needed] The sociological school of constructivism argues that every view of reality is fundamentally a construction of the self and that a safe distinction between fact and Fiction is impossible, whereas the philosophy of naturalism holds that reality can be approximated and truth can be demonstrated through usefulness, allowing the distinction from fiction.
Fiction has often been the target of censorship or boycotts, escalating into book burnings or bans. Extremist regimes like the Taliban have been even more prohibitive, restricting all reading to religious texts. There is an ongoing debate regarding sexual content in Fiction and whether or not juveniles can be safely exposed to it; opponents of Fiction with sexual content typically label it pornography. On the other hand Fiction is also used to express religion (see Bahá'í Faith in Fiction and LDS fiction.)
The Internet has had a massive impact on the distribution of fiction, calling into question the feasibility of copyright as a means to ensure royalties are paid to copyright holders. Also digital libraries such as Project Gutenberg have come into being which make public domain texts more readily available. The combination of inexpensive home computers, the Internet and the creativity of its users has also led to new forms of fiction, such as interactive computer games or computer-generated comics. Countless forums for fan Fiction can be found online, where loyal followers of specific fictional realms create and distribute derivative stories. The Internet is also used for the development of collaborative fiction, where a story is written sequentially by different authors, or the entire text can be revised by anyone using wiki.
Fiction is a fundamental part of human culture, and the ability to create Fiction and other artistic works is frequently cited as one of the defining characteristics of humanity.