Digital News Report- Who is more powerful? The government agency that put a man on the moon? A legion of Internet savvy youth? Or a late night comedic talk show host? The race is on, and so far the only certain thing is that NASA is going to lose. They lost the moment they decided to turn to the Internet to name something.
When Stephen Colbert wants something, he usually gets it. He has animals, sports mascots, ice cream flavors, and many other assorted things named after him, but this time he’s after the new node 3, a connecting module and life support center for the International Space Station. However, it seems that Colbert was beaten to the punch by the only group who may make the Colbert Nation’s Internet influence seem small. That’s right, the group of mysterious Internet vigilantes who have taken it upon themselves to bring down Scientology has made the Colbert Nation tremble.
Anonymous has already gotten Xenu, the evil intergalactic overlord from Scientology, as the top result at NASA’s online poll. They seemed to have begun their campaign nearly a week before Colbert caught wind of it, but the power of the Colbert Nation should never be underestimated. He nearly had a bridge in Hungary named after him in a similar online poll. By the end of the voting period, Colbert had more votes than the entire population of Hungary.
Sure, the rules of the contest clearly state that the result of the polls is by no means binding. But that doesn’t mean much. Rumors of a declaration of war between the two Internet forces have already begun to circulate. Can the Colbert Nation beat the final boss of the Internet? Stranger things have happened.