wikiality

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Blend of Wikipedia +‎ reality coined by Stephen Colbert on the 2006-07-31 airing of his show, The Colbert Report.[1]

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Noun[edit]

wikiality

  1. (satirical) The ability to rewrite reality by editing a Wikipedia page through majority consent.
    • 2006 September 20, Felicia Daniels, “Wikipedia selects Cornell U. page as 'Featured Article'”, in University Wire[2]:
      A group of undergraduates and alumni combated the backlash of "wikiality" and put their own spin on the facts about Cornell in an article about the University on the Web site Wikipedia.
    • 2007 January 21, Kevin Garcia, “Wikiality is not reality”, in The Brownsville Herald[3]:
    • 2007 January 5, Matt Martin, “Are we best we can be?”, in The Latern[4]:
      Yet, this is the wikiality("truth based on consensus rather than fact") of the world, I'm sorry, of America, today
    • 2009, Jonathan Gray, Jeffrey P. Jones, Ethan Thompson, Satire TV: politics and comedy in the post-network era[5], NYU Press, ISBN 0814731996:
      Most important, here, Colbert calls attention to the Bush administration's cooption of wikiality: its continuous campaign to manipulate public perception.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Colbert, Stephen (2006-07-31), “The Word - Wikiality”, in The Colbert Report[1], Comedy Central, retrieved 2010-01-14