states the longer an online conversation grows, the greater the chances of someone mentioning Hitler becomes.
Increasingly, in a modern twist on Godwin's Law
, each side is comparing the other to Daesh (ISIS).
In 1990 an American lawyer called Mike Godwin produced a maxim that is now contained in the Oxford English Dictionary, appearing as Godwin's Law
The real life version of Godwin's law
was confirmed so long ago in this election cycle that it might as well have included a Godse corollary.
Coun Mullaney may not be aware of a tradition among internet-users known as Godwin's Law
- the first person to mention the Nazis in an argument is automatically deemed to have lost it.
A corollary to Godwin's Law
is the well-known tradition in the Internet's Usenet newsgroups that once a person in a discussion thread invokes the comparison to Hitler or the Nazis, the thread is ended and the person who made the comparison has automatically lost whatever argument was in progress.
Jokers will appreciate such entries as HTCPCP, a joke format dreamt up as an April Fools Day joke, while historians will appreciate learning about Godwin's Law
But those familiar with Godwin's Law
("as an on-line discussion grows larger, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one") might rather see this laughable exchange more as a product of Internet anthropology than of Afghan anthropology Again, Edwards's argument is neither profound nor explicit enough to be conclusively proven.