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posted by sysrpl on Tuesday August 1, 2006 12:45 PM

n. A state of altered reality where facts are made up, creating doubt where none existed before.

Stephen Colbert, having proclaimed himself a non-fan of either reality or encyclopedias, thanks wikipedia for allowing him to change facts. This world of changing of facts he termed as wikiality, being a blend of the words "wikipedia" and "reality".

Expanding his thanks, Colbert expressed his wish that all of human knowledge worked this way. To demonstrate this possiblity, Colbert disputed a factoid. He presented an example of wikiality by contending the fact that Africa has more elephants today than it did ten years ago. Regardless of whether this is a fact or not, it became a truth because he said so, thus Colbert created a new fact.

Wikiality could be construed as a modern spin on the aphorism "might makes right" or the old saying "history is written by the victors". This distortion of reality may blend well on websites such as wikipedia, as evidenced by the wikipedia article on "reality", where reality itself is disputing by people posting unverfied claims.

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