Wikiality, Truth, and Accuracy

It appears that the Colbert report has caused a Wikipedia uproar with this new segment on Wikiality.

There is always a hint of truth to Colbert’s sarcasm that I really appreciate. In this case, Wikiality is simply the evolution of editorial power. A couple quotes… “Absolute power corrupts absolutely” and “History is written by the victors”. I apologize for not taking the time to credit these quotes.

My point is that Wikiality allows folks to mock and twist the truth just as some other examples we have heard from our government and mainstream media:

  • CBS did it with the false documentation
  • Bush did with Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • The Bible (Read Misquoting Jesus), Judaism, Islam…
  • Science, Al Gore and Global Warming
  • The Separation of Church and State
  • The list is too long….

I’m not saying that any of the above examples are fact or fiction… but the argument shows us that people can be easily manipulated. If I have a journalism degree, I must be telling the truth. If I write a book, I must be an expert. If my political party says it, it’s accurate.

“Truth” and “Accuracy” are an illusion interpreted by the person stating them as such. Colbert and “Wikiality” have simply put it into the spotlight. As for the backlash of the “blogosphere”, you’ll hear no screams from us! We’re cheering because we’ve been talking about this for quite some time. Unlike a book, a newspaper, a news show, or government, though, the internet allows people to debate what truth and accuracy are!

That’s why Wikiality is good!

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