BTRIPP (btripp) wrote,
BTRIPP
btripp

We need a variant of "Poe's Law" ...

The question came up over on a thread on the LibraryThing boards if PETA had actually made some statement protesting the 44th President (who shall remain nameless to avoid my having to spit on my monitor) swatting a fly. With the on-going "Onionization" of the news it is frequently hard to tell, however, with PETA fresh off of a protest about how the fishmongers at the Pike Place market in Seattle throw the fish around, almost anything is plausible.

It occurred to me that this was getting very close to the neighborhood of Poe's Law, but dealing with whackjob Leftist organization rather than nutcase Fundamentalists. Poe's Law, of course, reads:
"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."
Perhaps there should be some similar "law" that said something along the lines of:
"Without a corroborating press release, it is impossible to tell if story about a Leftist organization's stance on a subject is genuine or a satire."
For insight into this situation, I think that presentation "How Modern Liberals Think" is essential.


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