Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Last week, I mentioned a phenomenon which has seen a rise to power in recent years in this country -- one which I generically termed "Validation Through Democracy;" it's the idea that the larger the group to adhere to a given belief, the more likely that belief is deemed to be accurate.
In reading this week's New York Magazine cover story on the brilliant and hysterical Stephen Colbert, I see that he's coined a far better and more-clever term for this curiosity; he calls it "Wikiality" -- a reference of course to Wikipedia, the on-line encyclopedia which allows itself to be collectively edited by the masses.
Wikiality specifically refers to a reality which exists simply because enough people agree that it does.
To paraphrase Bo "The Bandit" Darville, Colbert makes the rest of us look like we're all running in place.