Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Post Script


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.

5 comments:

Discouragement Kitten said...

I have to agree - my siblings have tried to use Wikipedia as a reference for school work. I've tried explaining to them that an online open source encyclopedia isn't a reliable source of information. Why do I trust the ass master down the road to be both correct and thorough? I don't.

It's a great quick reference for something you may have forgotten - or high level overviews on topics such as sexual fetishism - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_fetishism (which provides links from there to a host of other funnies). This is great for my own personal entertainment BUT if I was going to write a serious paper investigating why some people need to rev car engines with diapers on while getting choked from the back seat by a midget to orgasm - this would not be a source.

Chez said...

Well put as always DK.

Anonymous said...

Ok DK...so where DOES one go to find that information?

I mean you know I have this friend that would like to know....

Discouragement Kitten said...

Robo - From the source - I fear it would be complete boots to the ground research. You'd probably have to put out ads to interview people with these... interests.

Anonymous said...

Ok...I'm going to start a grassroots organization...

The Hemi Pampers Midget Choke Club for a Better Answer.

Who's with me?

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