Liz enjoys investigating and questioning reality, usually with a cup of tea in hand. A few years ago, she accidentally caused an internet meme about magenta not existing. Sorry about that, magenta. ;)

Below is a listing (in chronological order) of a selection of articles, videos, posts and news stories that the ‘Magenta Ain’t a Colour‘ article inspired.

Date Title Author Description
9th Feb 2007 Magenta Ain’t a Colour Liz Elliott Ground zero
26th Aug 2008 Colours aren’t real, and Magenta is a lie Molson Forum where the phrase ‘Magenta is a lie’ seems to have originated from
28th Aug 2008 Magenta Is A Lie! Tama Forum where ‘Magenta is a lie’ idea carries on
before: 16th Feb 2009 Magenta Ain’t a Colour Liz Elliott & Biotele Biotele reprint the article in full, and add their own comments
16th Feb 2009 Magenta isn’t a real colour? Mark Frauenfelder Partial reprint of Biotele article.
17th Feb 2009 Magenta Ain’t a Colour
Posted by brm Comments forum
17th Feb 2009 Olivier Laurent Posted by brm The article makes some photographers angry. Left a comment on this forum myself recently.
18th Feb 2009 Yes, Virginia, there is a magenta Chris Foresman (Ars technica) A response to the Biotele article
21st Feb 2009 Magenta Ain’t a Colour
Eolake Stobblehouse Blog entry regarding article
24th Feb 2009 Does Magenta Exist? evad (David Sommers) Article connecting magenta story to T-mobile copyright case
18th Aug 2009 On Magenta Liz Elliott My own blog article to try to set the record straight.
23rd Oct 2009 The curious case of Magenta Steve Mould Science Communicator Steve Mould steps into the fray, with a response to both my and Chris Foresman’s article.
Meme separates from original source here (i.e. people stop referencing my article – unless I contact them and ask!)
17th Feb 2010 What Is the Wavelength of Magenta? Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D Summary of the Biotele article for About.com.
16th Oct 2011 There is no pink light Henry Reich (Minute Physics) Cute animation explaining why pink light does not exist. Gets the wrong end of the stick somewhat though when it claims that pink/magenta replaces the rest of the electromagnetic spectrum… we don’t see gamma rays as pink for example. We just don’t see them at all.
17th Oct 2011 One-Minute Physics: Why there is no pink light Sandrine Ceurstemont (New Scientist TV) Plug for the Minute Physics Animation
2nd March 2012 They Did It To Pluto, But Not To Pink! Please Not Pink! Robert Krulwich Radiolab’s Robert Krulwich responds to the Minute Physics animation
5th March 2012 Stop This Absurd War on the Color Pink Michael Moyer Scientific American responds to Robert Krulwich’s post.
6th March 2012 People are saying nonsense about pink (or magenta or whatever)
Lee Reamsnynder Response to Robert Krulwich, Minute Physics, Scientific American and the Magenta meme at large.
7th March 2012 Does The Color Pink Exist? Scientists Aren’t Sure
Melissa Locker (Time Online) Time Online response to Robert Krulwich. Mentions that a certain famous pop artist has been going by her given name Alecia Moore a lot more recently… gulp, don’t tell her who got this party started…
8th March 2012 Sorry girls, but the colour pink doesn’t exist and is just a pigment of our imagination Daily Mail The Daily Mail responds to Robert Krulwich’s post
2nd Feb 2013 Minute Physics gets pink wrong
D Gary Grady Response to the Minute Physics animation
13th Feb 2013 Colour Mixing: The Mystery of Magenta Steve Mould Ri Channel: Science Communicator Steve Mould presents a demonstration of the ideas in the Biotele article, with his own added science bits
13th Feb 2013 Colour Mixing: The Mystery of Magenta Steve Mould YouTube version: Science Communicator Steve Mould presents a demonstration of the ideas in the Biotele article, with his own added science bits
5th Oct 2015 The Colour that Doesn’t Exist The Monday Morning Memo What appears to be a retreatment of the original article, with a comment from neurologist Dr. Jorge Martins de Oliveira
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Comments on: "Memegenta: Tracking the Magenta Meme" (1)

  1. […] been amazed by the massive response to my article, “Magenta Ain’t A Colour“, which was first published at Null […]

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