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- The observation that, on the Internet, without a clear indication of the author's intent, it is impossible to tell the difference between sincere extremism and a parody of extremism.
- 2017 June 5, Emma Grey Ellis, “Can't Take a Joke? That's Just Poe's Law, 2017's Most Important Internet Phenomenon”, in Wired, ISSN 1059-1028:
- But because the internet has changed in innumerable ways since 2005, expanding and accelerating all the while, Poe's Law applies to more and more internet interactions.
- ^ Nathan Poe (2005-08-10), “Big contradictions in the evolution theory”, in Christian Forums, archived from the original on 2015-09-23:
- POE'S LAW: Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is uttrerly[sic] impossible to parody a Creationist in such a way that someone won't mistake for the genuine article.