Poe's law

From Iron Chariots Wiki
Revision as of 06:57, 11 January 2010 by Blu Matt (Talk | contribs)
Jump to: navigation, search
Edward Current is often mistaken for a real fundamentalist Christan by YouTube users.

Poe's law is a humorous law formulated by Nathan Poe, which states that:

"Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is utterly impossible to parody a fundamentalist in such a way that someone won't mistake for the genuine article."

It is a comment on the wide range of extreme and, many might say, insane opinions expressed by religious fundamentalists, especially on the Internet.

Parody often works by exaggerating the salient features of a person or situation beyond reasonable bounds. Poe's law says that there are no bounds to what fundamentalists will say, and therefore they are impossible to parody.

See Also

Personal tools
wiki navigation