Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Poe Paradox: Genius Satire or Mere Ignorance?

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 Paradox follows from this:
"In any fundamentalist group where Poe's Law applies, a paradox exists where any new person (or idea) sufficiently fundamentalist to be accepted by the group, is likely to be so ridiculous that they risk being rejected as a parodist (or parody)."
This is kind of funny when grown-ups are involved, but the children in this video at least have the excuse of being innocent about it. Or are they being satirical?

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