I came across these “laws” earlier today, listed here. They are important to remember, especially considering the number of political debates that are raging right now. You might just save yourself from embarrassment!
- Godwin’s Law — “As a Usenet discussion group grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.” Generally, and in my opinion, when one brings Nazis or Hitler into a discussion, they’re effectively admitting that they’ve been backed into a corner.
- Poe’s Law — “Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of fundamentalism that someone won’t mistake for the real thing.” As a recent example, consider the young woman who posted a video on YouTube the other day, wherein she thanked God for “shaking” some sense into the Japanese by means of a tsunami. I refrain from linking to the video here, as I have no desire to keep that fire burning.
- Rule 34 — “If it exists, there is porn of it.” Unfortunate, but I imagine it’s true.
- Skitt’s Law — “Any post correcting an error in another post will contain at least one error itself.”
- Scopie’s Law — “In any discussion involving science or medicine, citing Whale.to as a credible source loses the argument immediately, and gets you laughed out of the room.”
- Danth’s Law — “If you have to insist that you’ve won an internet argument, you’ve probably lost badly.”
- Pommer’s Law — “A person’s mind can be changed by reading information on the internet. The nature of this change will be from having no opinion to having a wrong opinion.”
- DeMyer’s Law — “Anyone who posts an argument on the internet which is largely quotations can be very safely ignored, and is deemed to have lost the argument before it has begun.”
- Cohen’s Law — “Whoever resorts to the argument that ‘whoever resorts to the argument that…has already lost the debate’ has automatically lost the debate.”
- The Law of Exclamation — The more exclamation points used in an e-mail (or other posting), the more likely it is a complete lie. This is also true for excessive capital letters.”