Another example: "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast
When WotW was broadcast on radio on Oct 30 1938, many listeners thought a real alien invasion was happening, despite many details of the script being changed "to tone down the realism".
If this is a joke, would it be worth adding here? Inquisitor Sasha Ehrenstein des Sturmkrieg Sector 18:24, 13 August 2012 (UTC)
 Postmodernism and Poe
 "Poe's Inversion"? (The "Just kidding"-defence)
I was wondering after my pointed comments on environmental classism regarding the "We were just joking"-explanation for the contents of the Summers memo whether it's an inversion of Poe's Law when people called out on something use the "Just kidding"-escape hatch? Or is it some other fallacy/trope that covers such behaviour? ScepticWombat (talk) 21:17, 26 April 2015 (UTC)
There is a statement that anyone who 'deliberately and unnecessarily brings Hitler/Stalin/other snarl term person' into a discussion has automatically lost the argument ('the newt' and 'the bike' being recent examples). Is this a variant of Poe's Law or does it have another name? 18.104.22.168 (talk) 13:17, 18 May 2016 (UTC)
- You are probably looking for Godwin's Law. Category:Eponymous laws might also be of use.--JorisEnter (talk) 13:54, 18 May 2016 (UTC)