It's an interesting article, but entirely focused on computers and graphic displays. Being pedantic as I am, I have to point out that Magenta is a real thing, and has been for almost two centuries. The early decades of the 19th Century saw the Industrial Revolution really take off in Europe, spreading from England to France and Germany, not to mention jumping the Pond to these shores. The Industrial Revolution ran on steam power, and steam ran on coal. Tons and tons of coal were burned, resulting in big heaps of coal ash.
- Is your brain just making magenta up?
Coal ash is pretty nasty stuff, and so people started poking around looking for what you could do with it (other than piling it up in huge nasty heaps). In 1834 the German scientist Friedlieb Runge isolated a substance from coal tar that was able to create beautiful colors. This substance was ultimately named Aniline and in 1860 a couple of British chemists created an artificial red-purple dye. They named it "Magenta" after the (then) recent battle between the French and the Austrians.
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So Magenta was a real thing, and has been for 170 years. Your brain isn't just making it up.
OK, I'll stop being (quite so) pedantic now ...