THE VIDIOT DIMENSION
Type: Extradimensional realm
Usual means of access: Dimensional portals
Dominant Life Form: Vidiots
Significant Inhabitants: M.A.D. (Mutual
Assured Destruction), M.C.s (Manufacture of Consent) (Moopert
Rurdock, others), Mediamogul, MultiTransNational Mega-Corporations,
Rent-a-President, Situation Ethics
First Appearance: New Mutants I Summer
Special#1 (Summer, 1990)
History: (New Mutants I Summer Special#1) -
The Vidiot dimension was apparently created by its emperor, the
Mediamogul. Eventually, oligopoly Megalump
Monopolies fought each other in a massive media war, causing polluting
static within their advertising fallout and dimensional disruption when
the Monopolies lost proper spin control or used incorrect sound bites.
The Vidiot dimension's Third World was also constantly under fallout
from M.A.D., a two-headed being who had been fighting with itself for
decades and whose weapons harmed the Third World. When a Vidiot
journalist began investigating the pollution of the
dimensional countryside by the MultiTransNational Mega-Corporations, he
was exiled from his home dimension and wound up in Earth space.
(New Mutants I Summer Special#1) - When the New
Mutants' resident Technarch member Warlock picked up the Vidiot's
communication signal and recognized it as hailing from an adjacent
dimension, he stretched into space and retrieved the Vidiot journalist,
who briefly had time to explain himself to Warlock, Sunspot, Wolfsbane
and Boom-Boom before a dimensional portal opened to retrieve the
Vidiot. Unfortunately, the portal proved unable to fully open but
Boom-Boom hurled a time-bomb that forced it open, pulling both the
Vidiot and the New Mutants through the portal. Traveling through the
dimensional barriers, the Vidiot soon showed the New Mutants the Vidiot
as they came upon it, showing them the Vidiots' Global Village before
they fell through the dimension's media fallout. As they fell to a
landing, the journalist explained how the MultiTransNational
Mega-Corporations were polluting his dimension. Warlock transformed
into a net to allow the New Mutants and the Vidiot a safe landing
before the Vidiot welcomed the New Mutants to the city of Megalopolis,
a free country where every resident was free to be selfish. When
Wolfsbane remarked how the residents all looked zoned-out, the Vidiot
journalist explained that the gluttony of owning too much and the
oversaturation of media had made the residents depressed. Before
anything more could be said, an attractive advertising Vidiot arrived
atop a limousine and suggested that the New Mutants all buy her
products. She then grabbed Wolfsbane, applied mounds of makeup and
showed Wolfsbane a mirror that reflected an attractive image to
Wolfsbane. Affected by the advertising siren,Wolfsbane blindly followed
the siren as she drove away, separating her from the other New Mutants.
When her teammates tried to follow, they were met by a large television
and were unable to stop in time to prevent themselves from passing
through its screen. Deposited at the edge of the media spell that the
journalist had earlier been investigating, the New Mutants found their
forms altered but the Vidiot journalist "changed the channel,"
restoring their bodies to normal. Announcing that he had to prevent the
cover up of the pollution, the journalist soon sensed the arrival of a
dangerous M.C. and ordered the New Mutants to hide. As they watched
from afar, the M.C. known as media kingpin Moopert Rurdock walked by,
talking on a cellphone about how to continue covering up the media
pollution by manufacturing a villain to blame. Suggesting that the
other M.C.s stage an alternate event to divert public attention away
from the pollution, Rurdock summoned the Vidiot dimension's
Rent-a-President to have him kiss a baby, cut a ribbon, throw a
football, feed the homeless and give a medal, all simultaneously to
divert public attention. Rurdock then had his Vidiot servants alter
Rent-a-President's appearance and place him behind an American flag
backdrop to film Rent-a-President's speech. Despite Rent-a-President
mistakenly kissing the football and throwing the baby, Rurdock was
pleased and figured no one would notice Rent-a-President's goofs.
Having witnessed Rurdock's manipulations, the New Mutants became
determined to stop him and reveal his manipulations to the Vidiot
public. When Sunspot admitted that the Vidiot dimension was like Earth,
where people didn't question the press because it was free, Boom-Boom
suggested they attack the media at its source and the Vidiot journalist
explained that they would have to attack Megalopolis itself, which was
on the other side of the wasteland they had been deposited in.
Traveling across the wasteland's muddy brown road, the New Mutants and
the journalist soon found themselves in the Vidiot dimension's Third
World, where the Vidiot residents were being bombed but acted like they
didn't notice, as they were used to it as a way of life. When the New
Mutants asked who was firing on the Third World residents, the
journalists revealed a two headed being called M.A.D., whose incessant
fighting amongst its two heads had caught the Third World in its
fallout. Having a closer look at M.A.D. thanks to Warlock's hot air
balloon transformation, the New Mutants were informed that M.A.D. had
been fighting with itself for decades and decided to shut M.A.D. up.
During the New Mutants' attack, M.A.D. continued fighting with itself
and ended up knocking itself unconscious, allowing the New Mutants to
continue their trek back to Megalopolis. Upon arrival in Megalopolis,
the New Mutants determined that the only way the dimension's media
machine would report the Vidiot journalist's findings to the public
would be to turn the news into a public spectacle. When Sunspot
suggested an airstrike, the Vidiot known as Situation Ethics appeared
and began spouting varying sorts of conflicting ethical solutions to
the New Mutants' situation, preventing the New Mutants from
interrupting. Deciding to attack regardless, the New Mutants escaped
Situation Ethics and flew off to begin an airstrike on the capital of
Megalopolis despite Situation Ethics' reminder of the attack's
conflicting ramifications. As the New Mutants flew away in Warlock, who
had transformed into a plane, M.A.D. regained consciousness and fell
through a crack in the rock keeping it above the Third World.
Confronted with the Third World for the first time, M.A.D. was
ridiculed by the Third World's Vidiot residents and, without fear to
empower it, M.A.D. shrunk in size and the Vidiot children chased after
it, looking at M.A.D. as if it were a new toy. The New Mutants
eventually made their way to the Megalopolis power center and began
storming it as Wolfsbane, who had been given a seemingly perfect life
with a Vidiot disguised as a human being, witnessed the attack on
television. Recognizing her teammates, Wolfsbane discarded the makeover
she had been given, transformed into her wolf state and rushed off to
assist the other New Mutants. Swarms of Megalopolis soldiers fought
against the New Mutants, with Sunspot reminding Situation Ethics that
while peaceful resistance is all well and good, sometimes a fight was
necessary. As the fight continued, Wolfsbane reunited with her friends,
aiding them against the soldiers while a Vidiot child noticed a pair of
shoes behind a nearby curtain. Pulling the curtain, the child found the
fat Vidiot emperor called Mediamogul manipulating events and Wolfsbane
discovered Mediamogul as well when she noticed the child. When the
fight raged out of control, Wolfsbane pulled the plug on the Vidiot
Emperor's machines, causing the Megalopolis soldiers to disappear,
having only been holograms the entire time. Exposing the Mediamogul to
his subjects, the New Mutants destroyed his crown and removed his
suspenders, causing his pants to fall down. As the Mediamogul was
ridiculed by his subjects, everything in the Vidiot dimension began to
disintegrate without the Mediamogul's constant manipulations. Pulled
back through the dimensional portal as the Vidiot dimension was
apparently destroyed, the New Mutants erupted from their television
back on Earth and decided to throw all of their televisions away.
Comments: Created by Ann Nocenti and Bret Blevins.
In case it wasn't obvious, the Vidiot dimension was a
dimension ruled by and physically affected by television.
Several residents of the Vidiot dimension were based on real-life people. For example, Moopert Rurdock was obviously based on Fox News mogul Rupert Murdock and Rent-a-President was based on former U.S. President George H.W. Bush.
At various points in the dimension's only story, the term "Vidiot" was used to describe both the journalist and the dimension's residents as a whole.
A few points remain unclear within the New Mutants
Summer Special story. One, according to the story's end, the Mediamogul
had apparently created the entire Vidiot dimension using machines that
he could manipulate, yet he himself appeared to be a Vidiot. So which
came first, the dimension or the Mediamogul? If he was a Vidiot, how
could he create himself? Secondly, throughout the story, a group of
children appeared in a stream outside the New Mutants' headquarters and
staged a peaceful protest to get the polluted stream cleaned. It seemed
to be hinted at that the children were actually Vidiots themselves and
throughout most of the story, they appeared in black and white and when
they succeeded in getting the stream cleaned, they appeared in color.
As such, I read the story thinking they might have been Vidiots that
had escaped their dimension when the New Mutants entered it and then
remained on Earth when the dimension was destroyed, perhaps even
appearing in color with the destruction of their dimension. Then again,
there was a scene in which reporters reported on the children's protest
and the reporters appeared in black and white too. It was hard to tell
if they actually were in black and white or if it was just a coloring
error...Either way, those still children are presumably still on
Profile by Proto-Man.
The Vidiot dimension has no known connection to
M.A.D., or Mutual Assured Destruction, was a two-headed being
that constantly fought amongst itself. The weapons it used against
itself rained down death and destruction upon the Vidiot dimension's
Third World, which was located below a rocky platform that M.A.D. stood
atop. After decades of destruction, the Third World grew accustomed to
M.A.D.'s destruction until the New Mutants came upon M.A.D. and
attacked it. During the fight, M.A.D. knocked itself out and when it
came to, its rocky platform split in two, causing it to fall into the
Third World. Seeing how little there was to fear from M.A.D., the Third
World residents ridiculed M.A.D., causing it to lose power from their
fear and it shrank until it was no bigger than a toy. The Third World's
Vidiot children then chased it away.
M.A.D. had two heads (and torsos, sets of arms, etc.) with two very distinctive personalities. It was also equipped with all sorts of weaponry, ranging from guns to missiles. The more fear it absorbed, the larger it became.
--New Mutants I Summer Special#1
The Mediamogul was a Vidiot that apparently created and controlled every aspect of the Vidiot dimension. Manipulating the dimension into a television-obsessed, corporate state, the Mediamogul thrived as MultiTransNational Mega-Corporations began to take over the dimension. When the New Mutants were pulled into the dimension by a Vidiot journalist, they exposed the Mediamogul, who had been creating holographic soldiers to battle the New Mutants. Exposed, the Mediamogul was ridiculed by his subjects but without the Mediamogul's control, the Vidiot dimension apparently disintegrated along with the Mediamogul himself.
While not displaying any superhuman powers, the Mediamogul had access to machines that could generate holograms, apparently on scale enough to generate an entire dimension's population.
--New Mutants I Summer Special#1
Rent-a-President was the faux ruler of the Vidiot dimension. In actuality, he was merely a puppet manipulated Moopert Rurdock and other M.C.s. When a Vidiot journalist threatened to expose the MultiTransNational Mega-Corporations' pollution of the Vidiot dimension, Rurdock summoned Rent-a-President and ordered him to kiss a baby, cut a ribbon, throw a football, feed the homeless and give a medal simultaneously. Given makeup to cover his awful appearance, Rent-a-President was placed behind an American flag backdrop, where he gave a public address in which he remarked about a zillion points of light, national security, education and democracy, all while kissing a football, throwing a baby, feeding the homeless and cutting a ribbon. Despite his goofs, Rent-a-President's address was accepted by Rurdock, who figured no one would notice the mistakes.
--New Mutants I Summer Special#1
Moopert Rurdock was one of the Vidiot M.C.s (Manufacture of Consent) who manipulated major events in the Vidiot dimension. Unaware of the New Mutants' deposit into the Vidiot dimension, Rurdock discussed a solution to the Vidiot dimension's pollution problem via cellphone with the other M.C.s. Suggesting that the M.C.s could manufacture a villain to blame the pollution on, Rurdock eventually came upon the idea of covering up the pollution beneath a web of lies and crafted public opinion. Summoning Rent-a-President, Rurdock had him give an address where he committed several acts of goodwill to distract the public from the true problem.
--New Mutants I Summer Special#1
Situation Ethics was a being within the Vidiot dimension that constantly considered every aspect of every decision. When the New Mutants decided to attack the Vidiot dimension's Megalopolis city, Situation Ethics appeared and began spouting the ramifications of every single possible choice that could be made. Tired of hearing Situation Ethics' ramblings, the New Mutants left to attack despite Situation Ethics' insistence that they consider the ramifications. During their attack on Megalopolis, Situation Ethics appeared once more but Sunspot reminded Situation Ethics that while peaceful resistance was all well and good, sometimes a fight was necessary.
--New Mutants I Summer Special#1
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New Mutants I Summer Special#1, p18, pan1 (Vidiot dimension, as seen from afar)
New Mutants I Summer Special#1, p20, pan3 (Vidiot dimension, Megalopolis)
New Mutants I Summer Special#1, p32, pan3 (Vidiot dimension, Third World)
New Mutants I Summer Special#1, p34, pan3 (M.A.D.)
New Mutants I Summer Special#1, p59, pan4 (Mediamogul)
New Mutants I Summer Special#1, p29, pan1 (Rent-a-President)
New Mutants I Summer Special#1, p27, pan4 (Moopert Rurdock)
New Mutants I Summer Special#1, p41, pan1 (Situation Ethics)
New Mutants I Summer Special#1 (Summer, 1990) - Ann Nocenti (writer), Bret Blevins (art), Bob Harras (editor)
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Last Updated: 11/27/16
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