An example of Poe’s Law in reverse: how real fundamentalism is often indistinguishable from parodies of fundamentalismBy Grace Chu
Poe’s Law states:
Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of Fundamentalism that SOMEONE won’t mistake for the real thing.
Poe’s Law also works in reverse. It is often impossible to determine whether real fundamentalism is parody or not. Take, for example, the following video, a discussion of the origin of the Ex-Masturbator t-shirt. If I didn’t tell you that the following video is a display of real fundamentalism, many of you would have concluded that it was a spot created by The Onion or another publication dedicated to satire and parody, and you would have laughed. But now that you know it is real, prepare to be enveloped in a not-so-soothing blanket of “AWKWARD!” and to become utterly depressed.