Our minds on media.

Musings on the effects of media on cognition.


Anyone who even occasionally watches the Colbert Report on Comedy Central will know that Colbert likes to mess with Wikipedia on occasion. He once encouraged his audience to change the entry on elephants so that they weren’t going extinct. It worked. Not in the sense that the elephants were actually saved, but that the entry said so for quite a while.

This past Monday night Steven decided it was time to attack “Reality” entry on Wikipedia, and urged his viewers to change it so that it read “Reality is a commodity.” So I went and checked out the entry for “Reality” on Wikipedia. It had been protected just a little bit after the Colbert show aired (Looks like it was changed at 4:40 in the morning somehwere!) But at any rate, the action taken to stop the vandalism created this amazing little statement in the page history:

(Protected Reality: Colbert mention [edit=sysop:move=sysop] (expires 07:40, January 30, 2007 (UTC)))

It’s good to know that reality is protected. Although, I do think that Reality will have to start advertising soon.

Also, I’ve been reading a lot of Philip K. Dick lately and was pleased to discover that the Reality entry has this gem by him:

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.

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