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References to Wikipedia in western culture have increased as more people learn about and use the online encyclopedia project. Many parody Wikipedia's openness, with individuals vandalizing or modifying articles in nonconstructive ways. Still, others feature individuals using Wikipedia as a reference work, or positively comparing their intelligence to Wikipedia. In some cases, Wikipedia is not used as an encyclopedia at all, but instead serves more as a character trait or even as a game. Wikipedia has also become culturally significant with many individuals seeing the presence of their own Wikipedia entry as a status symbol.
|Date||Nature||Country (of origin)||Title|
|November 10, 2004||Article||United States||"I Must Take Issue With The Wikipedia Entry For 'Weird Al' Yankovic", The Onion.|
|May 7, 2005||Comic strip||United States||FoxTrot|
|2006||Commercial||United Kingdom||Cisco Systems: Human Network Anthem|
|March 1, 2006||TV show (satirical)||United States||The Colbert Report, episode 58|
|April 14, 2006||Novel||United Kingdom||The Righteous Men, Sam Bourne|
|August 12, 2006||Music video||United States||"White & Nerdy" music video, by "Weird Al" Yankovic|
|January 18, 2007||Sitcom||United States||30 Rock: "The Head and the Hair"|
|March 17, 2007||TV show (satirical)||United Kingdom||Bremner, Bird and Fortune|
|April 22, 2007||TV show (sport)||United States||SportsCenter|
|May 31, 2007||Non-fiction||United States||It's Not News, It's FARK: How Mass Media Tries to Pass off Crap as News, Drew Curtis|
|June 11, 2007||Commercial demo||United States||Apple iPhone, Apple Inc.|
|August 3, 2007||Play||United States||The Wikipedia Plays|
|September 3, 2007||Magazine||United Kingdom||Official Nintendo Magazine, Issue 21|
|July 23, 2009||Radio (satirical)||United Kingdom||Bigipedia|
|August 11, 2010||Sitcom||United States||Hot in Cleveland: "Good Luck Faking The Goiter"|
|March 31, 2019||Song||United Kingdom||‘Congratulations’|
|I Must Take Issue With The Wikipedia Entry For 'Weird Al' Yankovic||In an article from The Onion, the character Larry Groznic writes an article about how he was banned from Wikipedia for starting an edit war on the "Weird Al" Yankovic page, and goes on to criticize the content on the page.||Having taken place well before the John Seigenthaler Sr. Wikipedia biography controversy, it was one of the first major parodies.|
|FoxTrot||First appearance of Wikipedia in a syndicated comic strip.|
|The Colbert Report, episode 58||Arianna Huffington challenges host Stephen Colbert on his claim that he had coined the word "truthiness". She cited Wikipedia, claiming that he had merely "popularized" the term. Regarding her source, Colbert, in character, responded: "Fuck them."||First nationally broadcast television program to mention Wikipedia.|
|The Colbert Report, episode 93||Colbert refers to Wikipedia as his source of information for research on Sigmund Freud. With his normal sarcastic and deadpan delivery, Colbert's segment "The Wørd" mocked Wikipedia's sometimes-questionable information with the screen posting "Even the accurate parts."||Colbert's first scripted reference to Wikipedia, a lead into his "Wikiality" piece.|
|Global Language Monitor||Global Language Monitor, which tracks trends in languages, named wikiality and truthiness the top T.V. buzzwords for 2006.
Shortly after the episode aired, a fan-created Wikipedia parody site opened at Wikiality.com, inspired by the term. On October 19, 2006, the term was mentioned again on the show, this time with Wikiality.com given as the URL for Wikipedia.
|"White & Nerdy"||
The character who is implied to be the nerd says that editing Wikipedia is one of his nerdy activities. In the video, Al is shown editing the article Atlantic Records by typing in large letters "YOU SUCK!". Thus Al takes revenge on the record company for refusing to let him include "You're Pitiful", a parody of James Blunt's song "You're Beautiful", on his new album. This has prompted copycat vandalism of the Atlantic Records page, which resulted in the page's being semi-protected. Yankovic has said "I don't officially approve of [the vandalism], but on a certain level it does amuse me."
|The song was also Yankovic's first career Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. It reached No. 1 at the U.S. iTunes Store, and peaked at No. 1 on VH1's top 20 video countdown.|
|Tar Baby||Australian songwriter, Carolyn Shine's 2009 track 'Tar Baby' refers to Wikipedia in the line: "If it's all about supply and demand, I don't know which one of us is needier. 'What's a Tar Baby?' I hear you ask. Look it up for yourself in Wikipedia."|
|Jericho ads||Following Jericho episodes on Network 10 in Australia, a promotion would appear encouraging viewers to log onto Wikipedia and search for "Jericho (2006 TV series)" for proof of the hype and theories surrounding the show.||This is the first station advertisement to encourage people to search Wikipedia for the advertised product.|
|Cisco Systems||A TV advertisement for Cisco Systems shows a young child with a laptop, the Wikipedia logo clearly visible on the screen. Part of its "Human Network Anthem" ad campaign.||First television advertisement showing Wikipedia as part of the plot line.|
|30 Rock||While Tracy Jordan, James "Toofer" Spurlock and Frank Rossitano are working to complete Jordan's autobiography within a single day, Rossitano finds Jordan's Wikipedia article while using the Internet on his laptop. The article says Jordan was discovered after doing stand-up comedy at the Apollo Theater in 1984, and Jordan, though stating he has no recollection of this, tells the two to add it to the book.||First sitcom series reference.|
|Bremner, Bird and Fortune||A sketch about the 10 most popular, yet unread books, featuring a voice over talking about the plots of the books, which seem to constantly refer to aliens. At the end of the sketch it says that the information came from Wikipedia.||First mention in a British satirical comedy programme.|
|SportsCenter||After citing a stat about Houston Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt, anchor Kenny Mayne jokingly gave credit to Wikipedia for providing the number.||First recorded reference from a sports highlight show.|
|The Righteous Men||In the 2006 Da Vinci Code-style novel The Righteous Men, Wikipedia features as an academic style encyclopedia.||First known[by whom?] reference in fictional literature.|
|It's Not News, It's FARK: How Mass Media Tries to Pass off Crap as News||In this book examining media bias, mainly about stories which do not count as news, Curtis writes:
|First known appearance in a book criticising the mass media, referencing Wikipedia.|
|Apple Inc. iPhone||In the demonstration for the iPhone's internet capabilities, the Wikipedia page for the iPod is shown, along with a link in the user's bookmarks.||First known reference in a multinational product demonstration by a Media Conglomerate.|
|The Wikipedia Plays||Seventeen short plays, inspired by Wikipedia entries.||First play known to highlight Wikipedia.|
|The Colbert Report, episode 302||On August 21, 2007, Colbert attacked WikiScanner, a website that tracks down people who make anonymous edits on Wikipedia, claiming that it is an invasion of privacy, particularly for corporations, and that it attacks "Self-invention". He highlighted a case where Pepsi edited its entry by removing "Long-term health effects" from the article. This resulted in his "Wørd" being "Self-Determination", claiming that everyone on the internet should be anonymous and should not be forced to give away their true identity. Colbert later described Wikipedia as "Second Life for corporations", saying if a corporation wants to pretend to be someone else online, then that is its business.||First nationally broadcast television program to mention WikiScanner.|
|Bigipedia||Bigipedia is a BBC Radio 4 sketch show set on a website which is a parody of Wikipedia.||First nationally broadcast radio program devoted to parodying Wikipedia.|
|Hot in Cleveland||In the episode "Good Luck Faking The Goiter", Victoria Chase (Wendie Malick) mentions that she has a Wikipedia page and has to keep changing it because the site's editors keep getting her age wrong.||First time that a fictional character on a television series admitting to having created his or her own Wikipedia page and the first time a fictional character admitted to having to make corrections on his or her own page.|
In a July 2006 episode of the satirical comedy The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert announced the neologism "wikiality", a portmanteau of the words Wiki and reality, for his segment "The Wørd". Colbert defined wikiality as "truth by consensus" (rather than fact), modeled after the approval-by-consensus format of Wikipedia. He ironically praised Wikipedia for following his philosophy of truthiness in which intuition and consensus is a better reflection of reality than fact:
You see, any user can change any entry, and if enough other users agree with them, it becomes true. ... If only the entire body of human knowledge worked this way. And it can, thanks to tonight's word: Wikiality. Now, folks, I'm no fan of reality, and I'm no fan of encyclopedias. I've said it before. Who is Britannica to tell me that George Washington had slaves? If I want to say he didn't, that's my right. And now, thanks to Wikipedia, it's also a fact. We should apply these principles to all information. All we need to do is convince a majority of people that some factoid is true. ... What we're doing is bringing democracy to knowledge.
According to Stephen Colbert, together "we can all create a reality that we all can agree on; the reality that we just agreed on". During the segment, he joked: "I love Wikipedia... any site that's got a longer entry on truthiness than on Lutherans has its priorities straight." Colbert also used the segment to satirize the more general issue of whether the repetition of statements in the media leads people to believe they are true. The piece was introduced with the tagline "The Revolution Will Not Be Verified", referencing the lack of objective verification seen in some articles.
Colbert suggested that viewers change the elephant page to state that the number of African elephants has tripled in the last six months. The suggestion resulted in numerous incorrect changes to Wikipedia articles related to elephants and Africa. Wikipedia administrators subsequently restricted edits to the pages by anonymous and newly created user accounts.
Colbert went on to type on a laptop facing away from the camera, claiming to be making the edits to the pages himself. Because initial edits to Wikipedia corresponding to these claimed "facts" were made by a user named Stephencolbert, many believe Colbert himself vandalized several Wikipedia pages at the time he was encouraging other users to do the same. The account, whether it was Stephen Colbert himself or someone posing as him, has been blocked from Wikipedia indefinitely. Wikipedia blocked the account for violating Wikipedia's username policies (which state that using the names of celebrities as login names without permission is inappropriate), not for the vandalism, as believed.
|December 16, 2005||Penny Arcade|
|August 16, 2006||52, Week 15||Fictional "Ballostro" article. Clark Kent is told by his assistant that they can "wiki out the word rumoured" upon seeing it attack Metropolis.|
|September 7, 2006||FoxTrot||Thomas Edison article.|
|April 20, 2007||Get Fuzzy||
Bucky Katt looks at a vanity article about himself and his fictitious album, and shows the "evidence" to Satchel Pooch.
|April 29, 2007||Non Sequitur||Danae introduces Lucy the horse to Wikipedia, by editing the site to note her fictitious win for "Most Brilliant and Beautious Girl". Lucy complains, but is satisfied when Danae adds a prize for "Most Beautious Horse".|
|July 2007||The Order #1
|The lead character mentions the Wikipedia as describing him as a "one-time actor".|
|September 12, 2007||The Amazing Spider-Girl No. 12||The title character mentions that she gained knowledge of Carnage and his weaknesses through Wikipedia.|
|September 12, 2007||Thor No. 601||The well-known Marvel super-villain called Doctor Doom appears to have utilized Wikipedia, commenting to the assembled Asgardians during the feast in Latveria that even he had not even known what a "winkle" was until he looked it up in Wikipedia.|
|November 20, 2007||The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee||Edison Lee, the title character mentions that on Wikipedia US President Ronald Reagan was known as the Teflon President to his assistant Joules. (This term doesn't actually appear in the Ronald Reagan article, it appears in Teflon (nickname)).|
|2007 comic #1023||Questionable Content||Hannelore Ellicott-Chatham and two anthro-PCs are watching television when a commercial comes on for "WikipediOs", which is a fictions project spoofing SpaghettiOs.|
|July 23, 2008||Ambush Bug: Year None No. 1||Ambush Bug says he used "Wokipedia" to look up Hugey Huge/Abdul Smith of the Green Team.|
|October 14, 2009||Deadpool No. 900||While in the middle of an assassination mission, Deadpool has a fourth wall-breaking conversation with his inner voices in which he discusses his own fanbase, noting that as of that writing, his own Wikipedia entry was longer than that of Spider-Man.|
|November 23, 2009||Pearls Before Swine||Rat questions Stephan Pastis (the creator of the strip) about past events in Stephan's life. When Stephan refutes these claims, Rat says he got them from Stephan's Wikipedia article. These changes were later mirrored in real life before being reverted.|
|October 23, 2013||Sex Criminals #2||Suzie looks up a porn actress on Wikipedia with whom Jon was obsessed as a child. She says the article does not say which of her uncles abused her because Wikipedia has "very high verification standards".|
Missing Links and Secret Histories: A Selection of Wikipedia Entries from Across the Known Multiverse (2013), edited by L. Timmel Duchamp, is a collection of speculative fiction short stories in the form of fictitious Wikipedia entries.
The protagonist of Glass by Alex Christofi teaches himself about the world using Wikipedia, and the author claims in the acknowledgements that Wikipedia is 'the best answer we can give to profiteering, naysaying, ignorance, Ludditism and the cult of the individual'.
In The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan, the first book in The Trials of Apollo series, Emperor Nero, when discussing humans' knowledge of him, announces that he is "immortal on Wikipedia." The titular character, Apollo, then claims that his referencing Wikipedia is a sure sign of insanity, and that Wikipedia is always getting stuff wrong about him.
In John Green's Paper Towns, Marcus "Radar" Lincoln, one of the main character's best friends, is a dedicated editor of "Omnictionary", a clear stand in for Wikipedia. A key plot point revolves around noticing the username of someone who recently edited a specific page.
The 24th section of Flights, which was published in 2017 in Polish and in the English translation, by Olga Tokarczuk, the winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature, is titled Wikipedia. It is described positively, on the one hand, as a “wonder of the world,” but the narrator also muses upon what an encyclopedia cannot do.
Israeli singer-songwriter Hanan Ben-Ari released a 2017 single named "Wikipedia".
To be fair to Gene Loves Jezebel
Billy Corgan brought them on stage
It was in 2011
It's on their Wikipedia page
Now you’re at number one, hope you did nothing wrong
Like starting your business by selling pirated songs
Oops! Didn’t think we’d see? It’s right there on Wikipedia
Get used to your past being held against you by the media
On January 14, 2011, Israel Postal Company chose to commemorate Wikipedia's 10th anniversary by issuing a special postmark and a souvenir leaf. These were the world's first Wikipedia-related postal items. As is customary on Wikipedia, the souvenir leaf, the postmark, and the text on the back of the souvenir leaf were created by a collaboration of volunteers. The design of the postmark was based on the work of "MT0", a Wikipedia editor.
|November 4, 2006||Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!||Jimmy Wales played the "Not My Job" game (renamed for the occasion "It must be true... I read it on Wikipedia"). He is asked three questions about Wikipedia trivia on the Banana Splits discography and Bob Marley, Constance of Sicily and Esera Tuaolo. Wales recalls the Banana Splits with fondness and then proceeds to get all three questions wrong. The show, in general, will often pull details for the show from Wikipedia, stating humorously, "If it's on Wikipedia, it must be true."||First reference to Wikipedia in a radio series.|
|June 15, 2007||The News Quiz – BBC||Alan Coren referred to mistakes made on Wikipedia. He later said that he once saw a mistake on his article that stated he was a year younger than he was, but he liked the error as it made him look younger. As a result, he said that whenever someone corrects the article, he set the year wrong again to make him look younger again. As a result, the article was locked after the show was broadcast.|
|July 24, 2007||The Wikipedia Story – BBC||Clive Anderson asks whether Wikipedia is a valuable source of human knowledge or a symptom of the spread of mediocrity. This was also made into a podcast between July 27 and August 3 by the BBC.|
|June 20, 2008||The News Quiz – BBC||Carrie Quinlan gave out a lot of information which the other panellists did not understand. She later claimed that she got the information from Wikipedia. Jeremy Hardy and Andy Hamilton claimed that the word "Wikipedia" sounded rude, with Hamilton claiming that it was, "A sexual attraction to baskets."|
|October 7, 2008||The Party Line: Series 3, Episode 1 – BBC||In the episode, Duncan Stonebridge MP's laptop computer is stolen, which contains data relating to fishing quotas. Before he talks to an Icelandic fishing minister, Duncan's assistant Roger gives him some information copied from Wikipedia, which turns out to be wrong. The fishing minister comments that it sounds like Duncan just took the information from Wikipedia.||First known reference to Wikipedia in a radio sitcom.|
|December 5, 2008||The Now Show: Series 25, Episode 2 – BBC||Jon Holmes talked about the lack of reliability of online surveys saying that not everything on the internet is true. He said that, "This is the same internet that hosts Wikipedia", and Holmes read some examples of vandalism that he discovered on the site. In the following two shows, fans emailed in other examples of Wikipedia vandalism.|
|December 5, 2008||Heresy: Series 5, Episode 6 – BBC Radio 4||The show guest panel, Euan Ferguson, Clive James and David Mitchell tried to argue against the statement: "You can't trust what you read online." Wikipedia is covered by the panel and the host Victoria Coren reads out information from the guests' Wikipedia pages to see if it is true.|
|March 20, 2005||The Simpsons: "Mobile Homer"||Lisa finds a reminder from Homer that says Dino is the abbreviation of Dinosaur and he should look for it in Wikipedia.|
|January 29, 2007||The Colbert Report||Colbert did a segment on an attempt by Microsoft to hire writers to skew certain Wikipedia articles in its favor, ending with a call by Colbert to change the Wikipedia article on "Reality" to the phrase "Reality has become a commodity" and offering a $5 cash reward to the first viewer to do so.|
|October 14, 2007||The Simpsons: "I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"||Snake tells his girlfriend to kill the man who changed his biography on Wikipedia.|
|November 25, 2007||The Simpsons: "Funeral for a Fiend"||Sideshow Bob complains about loading time as he looks up a Shakespeare reference on Wikipedia.|
|April 27, 2008||The Simpsons: "Apocalypse Cow"||Bart argues with Homer using Wikipedia; Homer plans to edit the page (...and many more pages).|
|February 10, 2008||Aqua Teen Hunger Force: "Reedickyoulus"||Frylock curses Wikipedia after believing false information pertaining to killing zombies.|
|October 2, 2007||Cavemen: "Pilot"||In the premiere episode of the commercial-turned-sitcom, Andy blames his inability to work on his dissertation on the fact that "Wikipedia is under construction".|
|August 4, 2007||Psych: "And Down The Stretch Comes Murder"||In the episode "And Down The Stretch Comes Murder", when Shawn is explaining his theory of the crime, Gus weighs in with a factoid about an obscure indigenous tribe. Shawn applauds Gus' knowledge of the subject with the line, "Gus shoots and scores! ...with an assist from Wikipedia."|
|August 4, 2007||Grand Slam||Michelle Kitt is asked the question, "The Hawaiian word for 'quick' is prominently featured in the name of which online encyclopedia?" She answers, "Wiki...Wikipedia" and is judged incorrect.|
|January 23, 2007||Veronica Mars: "Show Me the Monkey"||The television show references Wikipedia in the episode when Veronica looks up the origins of the color manila.|
|February 1, 2007||The Office: "Ben Franklin"||Jim, having heard Michael mention prima nocta, says that he used Wikipedia to confirm his suspicions over the term's meaning.|
|February 18, 2007||American Dad!: "Black Mystery Month"||After uncovering a plot involving peanut butter and the Civil War, Stan Smith says "If only there was a place where you could make outrageous claims, without any proof, and millions of people would accept it as fact...", and the episode cuts to his son Steve editing The Truth about Peanut Butter.|
|April 5, 2007||The Office: "The Negotiation"||For salary negotiations with Darryl, Michael gets negotiations help from Wikipedia. He then states in an interview that "Wikipedia is the best thing ever. Anyone in the world can write anything they want about any subject, so you know you are getting the best possible information." As a result of the episode, Wikipedia had to lock down editing of the Negotiation article.|
|May 24, 2007||The Colbert Report, episode 265||Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales appears as a guest on the show hosted by Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central. They discuss Colbert's vandalism of Wikipedia and his telling of his viewers to vandalize various pages. Several articles, such as oxygen, librarian and Stephen Colbert, were locked to prevent vandalism shortly after the episode aired. On the show, Wales jokes that he may have to lock down the entire Spanish-language Wikipedia for a few days because of Colbert's comment that perhaps it should learn English.|
|May 25, 2007||Real Time with Bill Maher||Maher jokingly claims to have used Wikipedia in researching the misdeeds of past U.S. presidents to find examples that support Jimmy Carter's assertion that the George W. Bush administration is the worst in history.|
|August 5, 2007||News Knight with Sir Trevor McDonald, episode 7||McDonald says that "Wikipedia is one of the most trusted websites in the world" and that, according to its entry on itself, Wikipedia was founded by Ken Dodd in 1673.|
|September 10, 2007||The Daily Show with Jon Stewart||The host Jon Stewart and the night's guest, Jeff Garlin, joke about Wikipedia's volatility, and mentions that guest's article on Wikipedia are being hacked by his family and friends. Jeff Garlin finishes off by saying that Wikipedia should not be taken seriously.|
|September 26, 2007||Dancing with the Stars (US season 5)||On an episode which aired on September 26, 2007, a satirical mini-documentary was featured in the show exploring the history of dance. The fake history of dance was concluded with the phrase, "You can look it up – I just made an entry in Wikipedia."|
|September 30, 2007||Frisky Dingo, episode 19||Xander Crews attempts to look up whether or not the Vice President of the United States is VP of both the United States and Canada, on Wikipedia.|
|October 2, 2007||Damages, episode 10||Patty Hewes tells Ray Fiske she has a lot of questions for Arthur Frobisher to which Fiske replies "That's what Wikipedia's for."|
|October 12, 2007||Have I Got News for You, episode 282||In the "Odd One Out" round, Ian Hislop mentions a case of vandalism involving the late Ronnie Hazelhurst. Hislop, who described Wikipedia sarcastically as "That reliable tool for all of us", talked about how someone vandalised Hazelhurst's article so it claimed he wrote the S Club 7 song "Reach". When he died, journalists failed to check the fact, and it was reported as fact in The Times, The Guardian and by the BBC, which was made worse by the fact that the BBC had been in trouble for faking some TV programmes.|
|October 20, 2007||Have I Got a bit More News for You, episode 283||Ian Hislop again attacks Wikipedia, in the extended repeat of the episode shown the night before, but was cut out of the original broadcast. When host Alexander Armstrong is trying to pronounce a Serbian name, Hislop says, "It's like Wikipedia, ain't it? You just wait for it to come up." He then pretended to download an essay on Serbia from Wikipedia and hand it in, commenting on how some students plagiarise using Wikipedia.|
|November 2, 2007||Have I Got News for You, episode 285||When guest presenter Jo Brand is introducing comedy writer and performer Andy Hamilton, she says, "And with Paul Merton tonight is a full-time professional English darts player, whose nickname is "The Hammer" and who is currently ranked seventh in the world. I know, I was surprised as well, but I looked him up on Wikipedia."|
|November 3, 2007||QI||In an interview with The Times, QI's creator John Lloyd says, "We don't deny using Wikipedia. It's a thing of complete genius and a tribute to the human spirit." However, the article goes on to say that, "they have a rule against cutting and pasting Wiki anything, and an old-fashioned minimum of at least two sources for anything that goes in a QI programme or book."|
|December 6, 2007||Scrubs: "My Number One Doctor"||One of Dr.Cox's patients is scheduled for chemotherapy to treat his cancer, but wants to back out because he used his laptop to look up the condition on Wikipedia and the article said a raw vegetable diet can lead to remission. Cox confronts him on this, questioning the reliability of the claim, given that it was written by the same person who wrote the Battlestar Galactica episode guide. He then takes away the patient's laptop and tells him he will proceed with the treatment.|
|February 23, 2008||iCarly: "iHatch Chicks"||Freddie goes to a site that is a pun on Wikipedia, called Chickipedia, to find information on baby chicks.|
|May 21, 2008||Through the Keyhole||When the guest panelists were attempting to guess the identity of Angelica Bell and suggested (incorrectly) that she might be best known for her acting, Sir David Frost said "in Wikipedia, it wouldn't say acting"|
|June 9, 2008||The Colbert Report||Reacting to John McLaughlin's statement that "Warren G. Harding was a negro", Colbert suggested that the G. stood not for 'Gamaliel', but for 'Gangsta' (and showed a fake screen shot of Wikipedia appearing to say this). The article was repeatedly vandalised to say 'Warren Gangsta Harding' before being locked.|
|September 29, 2008||Chuck||In the second-season premiere, Vik Sahay's character Lester mentions a Wikipedia article about himself on his resume while being interviewed by Chuck for the assistant manager position at the Buy More.|
|October 23, 2008||The Office: "Crime Aid"||Michael indicates that it is unknown how much crime takes place in the office because there is no Wikipedia entry on office robbery statistics. Since the episode aired, statistics were indeed added to the Wikipedia article "Office".|
|November 23, 2008||Dexter: "About Last Night"||After a discussion of sexual topics with vice unit detective Barbara Gianna, Masuka comments to Batista that Gianna is "like the Wikipedia of perv".|
|January 21, 2009||Law & Order:||A murder suspect is arrested based upon vandalistic edits made to a Wikipedia article on a (fictional) college sorority. The man had been killing family members of former sorority members and harassing the members themselves; the person arrested is tracked by his IP address.|
|January 22, 2009||30 Rock: "Retreat to Move Forward"||Frank Rossitano, as a prank on Jenna Maroney, who is researching her upcoming role as Janis Joplin, makes numerous vandalistic edits to Joplin's page and recommends that Jenna use Wikipedia for her research.|
|March 15, 2009||The Simpsons: "Gone Maggie Gone"||Comic Book Guy mentions Wikipedia as a source for his legends.|
|September 10, 2009||Mock The Week: Series 7, Episode 10||In the "Scenes we'd like to see" round, the panel members have to suggest "Bad things to hear from a tour guide". Ed Byrne suggests: "And according to Wikipedia, the east wing was built in the year Dougie is a homo."|
|September 15, 2009||Warehouse 13: Season 1, Episode 11||When mentioning Edgar Allan Poe, Artie pulls out what seems to be a Wikipedia article on the man.|
|September 21, 2009||Would I Lie To You?: Series 3, Episode 7||In the introduction to the show, host Rob Brydon said: "When asked if lying is justified, a staggering 73% of university students simply copied their answer from Wikipedia."|
|October 12, 2009||The Big Bang Theory: Season 3, Episode 4: "The Pirate Solution"||When Sheldon asks Raj what he was doing at work after his research ran into dead-end, his reply included 'Messing up Wikipedia entries'.|
|November 12, 2009||FlashForward: Season 1, Episode 8||The introduction of Sperm donation—as it appeared from July 8 to October 11, 2009—was referenced by a character considering the process. While the screen was altered slightly to say that it was from "www.referendium.com", the style and content were unaltered.|
|November 22, 2009||The Amazing Race: Season 15, Episode 9||One team in the race uses the English-language version of Wikipedia to learn what a vintage Praga car is before having to search for it in Prague.|
|November 29, 2009||The Simpsons: "Rednecks and Broomsticks"||After discovering a coven of witches, Lisa attempts to learn more about them by using "Wiccapedia".|
|December 22, 2009||Mock the Week: Series 7 Christmas Special||In a round of "If This is the Answer, What is the Question?", the answer "One Fifth" resulting in regular panellist Hugh Dennis giving the question, "How much of Wikipedia is true?" This results in host Dara Ó Briain and another regular, Russell Howard, talking about inaccuracies on their own articles, and third regular Frankie Boyle to suggest that all Wikipedia articles should start with the words "I reckon". Following broadcast, Boyle and Howard's articles were repeatedly vandalised to include further inaccuracies and inclusions of "I reckon", leading to the articles being locked.|
|January 5, 2010||Who Wants to Be a Millionaire:||A contestant answered the $12,500 question "What Web site's logo depicts a spherical jigsaw puzzle featuring symbols from different languages?" correctly.|
|January 27, 2010||Tosh.0:||Host Daniel Tosh told viewers, "So why don't you go to our Tosh.0 'boring' Wikipedia page and put whatever you want. I'm not gonna fix it." The result was numerous changes made to the Tosh.0 Wikipedia article, culminating in the page being locked from editing a few hours after the show aired. Other Wikipedia articles, such as Conan O'Brien, Demetri Martin, and Jay Leno, were also affected. Tosh read some of the humorous revisions made to the article the following week on his show, and proceeded to apologize to Wikipedia for the mayhem he started. The Tosh.0 page, however, remains locked to unregistered viewers.|
|February 12, 2010||QI: "Gravity"||Host Stephen Fry says that if you fire a bullet from a gun and drop a bullet from your hand at the same time, they will both hit the ground at exactly the same time, prompting panellist Barry Humphries to ask "Does this information come from Wikipedia?"|
|February 21, 2010||Cold Case: "Metamorphosis"||Detectives Vera and Miller catch a suspect in a lie, citing a Wikipedia entry for J.B. Ricketts.|
|April 8, 2009||Have I Got News for You: series 39, episode 2||Introducing guest panellist Richard Herring, guest host Alexander Armstrong describes him as "a man described by Wikipedia as one of the leading hidden masters of British comedy. Proving how easy it is to write your own entry on Wikipedia."|
|April 11, 2010||The Cleveland Show: "Gone With the Wind"||At Loretta Brown's funeral, the minister reads from Wikipedia that Loretta Brown was either a singer or a member of the Australian Parliament, then ends by saying "Ci-ta-tion neeed-ed" in a ritualized tone.|
|May 30, 2010||The Boondocks: "Stinkmeaner 3: The Hateocracy"||When Huey Freeman wants to know who is after his family, he said that "while desperate for answers, he would turn to the only place that may tell them what they need, Wikipedia". He then accessed a website which is a visual and content pun of Wikipedia.|
|June 6, 2010||Breaking Bad: "Half Measures"||Skyler is researching money laundering, with closeups of the Wikipedia article shown on screen.|
|June 22, 2010||Mongrels: "Series 1, Episode 1"||Earlier in the episode, Nelson the metrosexual fox kills a chicken that tried to kill him by cutting her head off. Kali the pigeon says that according to Wikipedia, a chicken can live for over a year without its head. Nelson claims Wikipedia cannot be trusted, then turns around to find the headless chicken still alive and trying to kill him.|
|July 18, 2010||The Boondocks: "Mr. Medicinal"||When Robert Freeman is on trial for possession of weed and driving under its influences, he claims that Obama has made it legal, then the judge searches on Wikipedia to prove him wrong.|
|August 11, 2010||Hot in Cleveland: "Good Luck Faking The Goiter"||After Elka Orstrosky (Betty White) helps Victoria Chase (Wendie Malick) learn about a disease she was trying to fake in an effort to receive votes for a Daytime Emmy Award by spreading a rumor, only to find out that the disease does exist, she asks her fellow roommates Melanie Moretti (Valerie Bertinelli) and Joy Scroggs (Jane Leeves) where Elka went because Elka looked it up in Wikipedia. Victoria also reveals that she has a Wikipedia page and she has to change it numerous times because they keep getting her age wrong.|
|September 13, 2010||Haven: "Fur"||Jessica Minnion mentions learning Mi'kmaq hieroglyphs from a Wikipedia article.|
|November 11, 2010||The Big Bang Theory: "The 21-Second Excitation"||Amy consults Wikipedia for information on Slumber parties, having never previously been to one.|
|November 23, 2010||How Not to Live Your Life: "Don Meets His Maker"||Don uses Wikipedia to fool Samantha into believing he has a fatal disease, creating a badly written fake article on the disease.|
|January 5, 2011||The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Comedy Central||During an interview with Wikipedia "volunteer" Jimmy Wales, Stewart claimed he was in fact, Batman; Wales responded with laughter and suggested that Wikipedia administrators would correct and lock Stewart's page. Quickly, the online community responded, editing Stewart's page to represent his claim to be Batman. Wikipedia administrators responded by correcting the changes and locking Stewart's page.|
|May 3, 2011||NCIS Los Angeles: "Plan B" CBS||In the opening scene, Kensi Blye and Marty Deeks escort a key witness to the airport for his flight to Miami. When the conversation hits the subject of alligators in the Miami area, Kensi educates her companions about the differences between alligators and crocodiles. Rick, the witness then asks Marty, an old friend of his: "Did she just go Wikipedia on me?". In the rest of the episode Kensi is referred to as Wikipedia several times.|
|June 30, 2011||Futurama: "Ghost in the Machines"||Bender's ghost tells the Robot Devil that Fry is dead, but the Robot Devil shows him Fry's Wikipedia page, which proves that Fry is alive. Coincidentally, Wikipedia does have an article in real life about Fry.|
|December 11, 2011||American Dad!: "Season's Beatings"||Father Donovan mentions using Wikipedia.|
|January 30, 2012||Family Guy: "Livin' on a Prayer"||Dr. Hartman tells Lois that Scotty Jennings – Stewie's new friend – is suffering from Hodgkin's lymphoma. Lois asks Dr. Hartman if he is saying Scotty has cancer. Dr. Hartman replies: "I dunno. I didn't read the whole Wikipedia entry."|
|March 12, 2012||The Daily Show with Jon Stewart||After criticizing United States presidential candidate Mitt Romney for singing the 1954 song "The Ballad of Davy Crockett", Jon Stewart says that, "fortunately, Romney had a chance to use a slightly more recent Southern song reference at a rally last Friday with Randy Owen, lead singer of the legendary country band Alabama", and adds that "the only question is 'which greatest Alabama hit is Mitt gonna ask 'im to sing'" – providing as possibilities "Born Country", "Love in the First Degree", "Feels So Right" and "other songs I didn't know we had to look up on Wikipedia".|
|April 3, 2012||The Daily Show with Jon Stewart||After the show plays a clip from American morning television show Fox & Friends in which co-host Steve Doocy says that something "was established by Marbury versus Madison back in the early 1800s and, ever since then, no serious legal scholar in 175 years has questioned whether or not the Supreme Court can throw out a law that is unconstitutional", Jon Stewart says "yeah", "we all have Wikipedia".|
|May 20, 2012||The Cleveland Show: "All You Can Eat"||Cleveland edits the Wikipedia article Chipotle clam.|
|September 8, 2013||The Newsroom: "Election Night, Part I"
Season 2, Episode 8
|Mackenzie, a cable-news producer learns that her Wikipedia page lists her as belonging to the wrong debate society in college. She asks a staffer to correct this, but the change is reverted by a site admin due to a conflict of interest. In the following episode, one her colleagues has his girlfriend, who works for a different news organization, post a story with the correct info, so that it may be used as a reliable source and her page is finally updated properly.|
|November 17, 2014||The Simpsons: "Blazed and Confused"||With the arrival of a new teacher to Springfield Elementary, Milhouse looks up the "Wiccapedia" entry for Jack Lassen. Wiccapedia was first referenced in the 2009 episode, Rednecks and Broomsticks|
|July 22, 2015||Mr. Robot: "eps1.4_3xpl0its.wmv"||To gain access to a data security firm, Elliot persuades an employee to believe that he is Sam Sepiol by creating a false biography on Wikipedia.|
|November 20, 2015||Marvel's Jessica Jones on Netflix: List of hospitals in New York City||In the third episode of Marvel's Jessica Jones on Netflix, the main character prints this Wikipedia list article as part of the plot.|
|July 25, 2016||Peter Capusotto y sus videos: Season 11, Episode 3||A sketch named "Pedagogical Porn" presents a format of pornographic film in which, after a characters says a specific word, the announcer reads a Wikipedia article. The middle of the sketch credits Wikipedia and Dick Fierro Producciones Para Adultos as the production companies.|
|January 1, 2017||Beyond: Season 1, Episode 1||In the pilot episode, the main characters researches certain topics on Wikipedia, such as, Night terrors, Comas and brain damage.|
|January 1, 2017||Sherlock: Season 4, Episode 1||Mycroft Holmes recites the first couple of sentences from the Wikipedia article for Agra. Sherlock Holmes interrupts him to ask "What are you, Wikipedia?" to which Mycroft smugly replies "yes".|
|September 9, 2018||Rake (Australian TV series):
Season 5, Episode 4;
"Gold and Greene v Red"
|The main character, Senator Cleaver Greene, asks his chief of staff to remove mention of criminal history from his Wikipedia page, before going out on a first date with a woman he wants to impress. During that date, he discretely looks up Wikipedia articles on subjects she's interested in, but he knows nothing about. Wikipedia is both mentioned and used by other characters during the series as well.|
|September 11, 2018||Zombie Land Saga:
"I ♡ HIP HOP SAGA"
|The character Kotaro during an argument over the population of Saga Prefecture, shouts, "You wanna know stats, look it up on Wikipedia! You think I am Wikipedia?" when he is unable to recall the exact number.|
|May 14, 2019||Arthur:
Season 22, Episode 2b
"The Longest Eleven Minutes"
|When some of the main characters discover a box of encyclopedias, Buster exclaims, "It's like Wikipedia!" as he holds one.|
Wikipedia is not always referenced in the same way. The ways described below are some of the ways it has been mentioned.
— from a sociopsychology academic paper
Andrew Keen's 2007 book The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet Is Killing Our Culture asserted the proliferation of user-generated content on Wikipedia obscured and devalued traditional, higher-quality information outlets.