Quotes: Poe's Law

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And if you can't detect the sarcasm, you've misunderstood
Lily Allen, "Hard Out Here"

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Fox News, with absolutely zero irony, used something that looked exactly like the Bioshock Infinite logo...You wonder if Fox News is just full of Stephen Colbert contemporaries who have just gone so many levels deep, they don't even know where they are anymore?


Fun game: try to post a YouTube comment so stupid that people realize you must be joking. (Hint: This is impossible.)
xkcd, alt-text for Limerick

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It suggests that substitutes for all of war's functions in society must be found in case of a transition to peace in order to prevent society's collapse, and goes on to suggest, with a straight face, the re-institution of slavery, government sponsored ritual blood or war games, and the creation of substitute enemies posing a viable threat to the people which would take the place of enemy nation-states. It suggests the most viable such substitute enemy is the "environmental-pollution model", looming environmental catastrophe, and proposes the government surreptitiously pump more pollution into the environment to create a disaster society will unite over. It proposes that government create fake UFO incidents, and hints that past UFO sightings were also faked by the government as a test run...Government agencies were "unable to confirm or deny," partly because the book was plausible enough and agencies were operating with such poor coordination and communication that one agency really did not know what the others were doing.
Rational Wiki on Leonard C. Lewin's Report From Iron Mountain hoax

Next to George Carlin, the greatest comedian who has ever lived. Only difference is that he belongs in a straitjacket.

I love the title SLAM DUNK'N HOES. It sounds like something Newt Gingrich would guess if you held a gun to his head and told him to name a rap album.

Well, that just happened. Jon Stewart announced at the taping of The Daily Show today that he’s leaving at the end of the year, which means he might not cover the 2016, which means I better find a way to deliver four Entenmann’s devil food cakes to each of my friends because they will need to eat their feelings tonight....And may the replacement rumors begin! My pick is this comic genius. I mean, it only makes sense. Nancy Grace is the Queen of News Satire! What she does is satire, right?

If the video was intended to be a parody of teen pop convention, it would be on par with some of the best SNL Digital Shorts by Lonely Island.
Rolling Stone's review of "Friday" by Rebecca Black

Starship Troopers is such an amazing satire most critics didn't even realize it was one. And when someone can't tell that Psychic Gestapo Doogie Howser isn't serious, they can't even be trusted to watch movies for a living.

Certainly, nothing [in] the movie is even remotely less than deadly serious, no matter how dumb and self-important the film gets. And is Seagal, who appears to be one of those guys who wouldn’t get a clue if it was mailed to him by Western Union, even capable of understanding a fairly abstract idea like satire? I don’t think so, for that would indicate Seagal’s entire public life to have been the greatest piece of satiric Performance Art the world has ever known.
Jabootu on On Deadly Ground

Remember when guys like this were the parody of Wall Street?

Hilariously, Jennifer just sighs upon hearing the news that her cousin can turn into green rage monster. He says he’s being hunted by the government and is in great danger. Jennifer says she knows what danger is like, because there’s a 'crime mob' currently after her. And while this dialogue may sound clunky, it’s actually pretty close to what’s in the original comic.
The Agony Booth on She-Hulk XXX: An Axel Braun Porn Parody

I actually defended Frank Miller’s All Star Batman and Robin when it came out, because I thought it was hilarious. I thought the whole thing was a send-up. I thought Sin City, too, was meant to take the broad archetypes of Noir and push them out to their logical extremes, and I thought by making something that highlighted and extreme and ridiculous you could get at the emotional truths that had spawned these sorts of revenge fantasies to begin with. I said I liked these comics. This is embarrassing now. Marv and Dwight punching shit in Sin City is actually how Frank Miller views the world.

Lobo was designed as a brutal parody of Wolverine's violent stupidity and ended up becoming sincerely popular. And now you know why comic writers stick a cape on an element and go to the pub.

Here’s what got the 'Oh come on' out of me: The Thing tells a story about the Wrecker literally killing a bus full of five year-olds. Welcome to the Heroic Age, everybody! ...The only way you could make it crazier is if it was 'a bus full of disabled but hopeful kindergarten kids who were on their way to a puppy farm on Mother’s Day.' It’s almost as though [Paul] Jenkins is doing it on purpose to create an extremely dark comedy, parodying the overblown super-seriousness and ultraviolence that’s currently in vogue in comics, but if he is, it’s so close to the source material that it’s impossible for me to tell.
Chris Sims, on The Sentry: Fallen Sun

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Now I have obviously never been a big fan of "T-Swizzle", as we used to call her as a joke (but now it seems like maybe it isn't).

What if this is George Lucas just fucking with everyone? 'Let's have 20 minutes of Wookie noises.' And they let him!

Now, some of you are probably looking back on issue 4 and now today's comic and thinking to yourselves, maybe this is all still a parody comic, I mean, Bill Jemas can't be serious when it comes to Wolverine being the first human being and evolving from an otter, right?
Linkara on Bill Jemas' satire of Darwin, Marville #5

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The problem with irony and satire is the dumb motherfuckers don't get it.
Ray Wylie Hubbard

Try explaining Hitler to a kid.
George Carlin, Brain Droppings

It's a chillingly accurate documentary.

...just in case there's anyone from the Mail On Sunday watching this, I was using an exaggerated form of the rhetoric and implied values of Top Gear to satirize the rhetoric and the implied values of Top Gear. And it is a shame to break character to explain that, but hopefully it will save you a long, tedious exchange of emails.

When, many years ago, I was given this book, I thought it was a satire. I learned later that it was the first work of a distinguished sociologist. Otherwise, when we look closely enough into a society, we know is not Utopia and its fair description runs the risk of border on satire.
Jorge Luis Borges prologue of Thorstein Veblen's ''Theory Of The Leisure Class'' (The reader can find more about this book at Conspicuous Consumption, Real Life).

Imagine if, in 1729, there had been a number of letters to the editor by various authors proposing that Irish children be exterminated and eaten. Imagine that laws of that nature were being seriously debated in Parliament, and that one of the parties had made it a part of their platform. While the laws were being regularly defeated, opponents still had to stand up and seriously debate why it was unethical to eat babies. Imagine that a candidate for prime minister actually solemnly suggested that we ought to at least consider the merits of eating Irish children.

In that context, Swift's essay would have fallen flat as a cowflop dropped from the Tower of London. His efforts to use straight-faced absurdity and hyperbole and satire to expose the lesser injustices of the time would not have succeeded at all. The invisible quotation marks would be undetectable, because there would have been a substantial background of equivalent proposals given in absolute seriousness.

Most of the themes in my comic strip "Dilbert" involve workplace situations. I routinely include bizarre and unworldly elements such as talking animals, troll-like accountants, and employees turning into dishrags after the life-force has been drained from their bodies. And yet the comment I hear most often is: 'That's just like my company.'
Scott Adams, The Dilbert Principle

Vladimir Putin's full name is 'Tom Clancy's Vladimir Putin.'
Chase Mitchell

That was what the "Sanctuary Districts" were, places where the homeless could [go] so no one had to see them, and literally there it was in the newspaper. We were a little freaked out.
Robert Hewitt Wolfe on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "Past Tense"

Someboby's got to say it. The man is Ted Baxter.

...the modern disease of crying “You just got trolled! when people react to shocking, strange or obnoxious behaviour has tainted even legitimate forays into madness. When Amanda Bynes was throwing bongs out of the window and publicly begging Drake to murder her vagina, I was convinced it would eventually lead to a documentary or a post-modern installation about the media's relationship with young stars, causing, and then reveling in their mental breakdowns, ala bald Britney. “This is great stuff,” I tweeted at her, knowingly, “I love what you're doing.” But then she was detained under involuntary psychiatric hold, and it was less a comment on the media's hounding of another young woman to mental illness and self-harm, than another sad, genuine instance of it.
Stuart Millard, Smoke and Mirrors & Steven Seagal

"Ted Cruz is someone that when I was in English class, I wish there was a book, and in that book, he was a fictional senator."