Friday, October 24, 2008

Poe's Law:

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.

In other words, no matter how bizzare, outrageous, or just plain idiotic a parody of a Fundamentalist may seem, there will always be someone who cannot tell that it is a parody, having seen similar REAL ideas from real religious/political Fundamentalists.

The law also works in reverse: real fundamentalism can also be indistinguishable from parody fundamentalism. For example, some conservatives consider noted homophobe Fred Phelps to be so over-the-top that they think he's a "deep cover liberal" trying to discredit more mainstream homophobes.

From Urban Dictionary and Rational Wikipedia


Reluctant Warrior said...

Happens with all other sorts of things too. Fundamentalism is ofcourse the jewel of the crown but even lesser mortals like plain poignant moments evoke peals of laughter.

Salman Khan's "Baba, mujhe galey laga lo, Baba" from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam had the audience ROFL.

Neha said...

Oh Salman Khan does evoke at least rather emotional response from me. I am rather distressed each time I see him performing; him and Ashwarya Rai are quite enough to bring me to tears - I found that out while watching Hum Dil... We watched it together? Parul was there, I remember.