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Godwin's Law

R0b1Billion
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8/14/2012 12:18:18 AM
Posted: 4 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.
Beliefs in a nutshell:
- The Ends never justify the Means.
- Objectivity is secondary to subjectivity.
- The War on Drugs is the worst policy in the U.S.
- Most people worship technology as a religion.
- Computers will never become sentient.
R0b1Billion
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8/14/2012 12:23:56 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
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
Beliefs in a nutshell:
- The Ends never justify the Means.
- Objectivity is secondary to subjectivity.
- The War on Drugs is the worst policy in the U.S.
- Most people worship technology as a religion.
- Computers will never become sentient.
Ore_Ele
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8/14/2012 12:59:06 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
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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R0b1Billion
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8/14/2012 10:51:07 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
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.
Beliefs in a nutshell:
- The Ends never justify the Means.
- Objectivity is secondary to subjectivity.
- The War on Drugs is the worst policy in the U.S.
- Most people worship technology as a religion.
- Computers will never become sentient.
Wallstreetatheist
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8/14/2012 10:31:57 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
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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