Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Godwin's Law (No Hitler Mustache free rides)
Godwin's Law states: "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches"
Godwin's corollary: As soon as someone brings in a reference to Hitler or Nazism or Karl Marx or Stalin they have lost the argument with the only exception that they are talking specifically about Hitler or Nazism or Karl Marx or Stalin.
In this age of sound bites if someone is desperate they simply reference Hitler. This kills the dialogue and enrages the discussion. It is a great way to throw off the actual point of discussion.
"Obama certainly is a good speaker." "Hitler was a good speaker."
Wife to husband: "Oh Dear, can you take out the trash?"
Husband to wife: "You know honey, your hairstyle looks like Hitler's today".
It is like fucking cursing because I cannot think of a better fucking adjective.
Searching around the web it appears to have been used more prominently in the last decade.
Now here is an example of an appropriate one. In the right place and the right time.
And some are fun.
And here is one I like because it demonstrates the frustration associated with Godwin's corollary.
Now what were we talking about before?