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Godwin's Law

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8/14/2012 12:18:18 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
Godwin's Law is a law created by Mike Godwin in 1990 that states: As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.
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8/14/2012 12:23:56 AM
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What I don't get is how they figured this out a year before the world-wide-web was even created... Hard for me to remember I was only 9 years old
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8/14/2012 12:59:06 AM
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At 8/14/2012 12:23:56 AM, R0b1Billion wrote:
What I don't get is how they figured this out a year before the world-wide-web was even created... Hard for me to remember I was only 9 years old

Online discussions have been around since the internet, going back to the 60's.
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8/14/2012 10:51:07 AM
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I understand that *some* internet was around, but how was there enough of it for people to notice this trend? Back then? Before AOL and IRC it was unheard of to spend online chatting... and as I remember it, these services didn't appear until the mid-90s, at least in any appreciable amount.
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8/14/2012 10:31:57 PM
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I applied this to debate tournaments when I did student congress debate last year, and every tournament someone brought up Hitler, the Holocaust, or Nazis.
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