Poe's Law

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Poe's Law is an aphorism which states, in its original form:

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.

More generally, it refers to any speech which is sufficiently dogmatic – or sufficiently extreme in its extrapolation of an ideology – as to be indistinguishable from parody. (Such parody would then be a form of reductio ad absurdum.)

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