What happens when your narrative meets satire?

Yesterday morning, the the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (Official) Facebook page posted the following bombshell:

According to the new laws, revealing or receiving confidential Vatican information is now punishable by up to two years in prison, while newly defined sex crimes against children carry a sentence of up to twelve years. Because all sex crimes are kept confidential, there is no longer a legal way for Vatican officials to report sex crimes.

The only problem is that this article came from a parody web site (similar to the Onion) called Newslo. (source)

This happens from time to time when over-the-top satire intersects with a negative narrative. It is just funnier when the self-identified “brights” who live by “pure reason” fall for a satiric story.

Still it is a good reminder for all of us to check the source of an article before committing mouse-click to post. I know over the years I came close to stumbling regarding this before realizing something was satire. I use to run a parody blog with a progressive nun persona called “Thoroughly Modern Mary” and their were a number of comments responding that fell for the satire. Even my “Moloch Now!” parody blog got comments from people who didn’t catch on.


Jeffrey Miller (710 Posts)