Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Invoke Führer, and lose the battle

One reason why I like the online world is because of the huge amount of free porn. Other reasons include dinosaurs and the fact that you can scorn at somebody online without seeing the other person's reaction.

Somewhere along the line comes the fact that the online world is so much unlike the real world.

"So, what's it like in the real world? Well, the food is better, but
beyond that, I don't recommend it." - Bill Waterson

Personally, I don't agree with Bill. There is food, and there is sex. Other than that, I don't recommend the real world either.

Godwin's law is one example why the online world is so goddamned fascinating.

Godwin's law (also Godwin's rule of Nazi analogies) is an adage in Internet culture that was originated by Mike Godwin in 1990. The law states that:

As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.

There is a tradition in many Usenet newsgroups that once such a comparison is made, the thread is over, and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever argument was in progress. Godwin's law thus practically guarantees the existence of an upper bound on thread length in those groups. Many people understand Godwin's law to mean this, although (as is clear from the statement of the law above) this is not the original formulation.'s_law

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