Episode 2: Poe’s Law – Making Sense of the Internet

In this episode, Phil and Steve discuss the various “bad faith” ways that conversations can go in both politics and on the internet. They touch on various issues that were happening at the time of recording, such as the Capitol Riots and Trump. 

The episode diverges from the previous one by covering a grab bag of topics involving verbal tricks and slippery speech. Starting with Poe’s Law:

“Poe’s law is an adage of Internet culture stating that, without a clear indicator of the author’s intent, it is impossible to create a parody of extreme views so obviously exaggerated that it cannot be mistaken by some readers for a sincere expression of the views being parodied.”


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