Friday, 18 November 2011

Godwins Law

16:35:00 Posted by Lindsay 1 comment

Godwin’s law states; "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1."

And it’s true. Usually the far left hurl it at the far right and they lob it straight back. I’ve seen today the sudden unexplained death of bees describes as a ‘Honeybee holocaust.’ The bees died randomly, but the (conspiracy site) author decided that someone was clearly to blame and was going to suggest the way the bees died was in Auschwitz somewhere wearing striped pajamas by Nazi’s.

I find this trivialization of the Second World War atrocities utterly mind boggling. It was an exceptional situation which we should look back and learn from, not a handy bag of analogies and a glib tool to insult those who we disagree with politically. It denigrates those who died. It compares the incomparable and becomes a trump card for those arguing on the internet.

When Godwin’s law is stated, the person who mentioned the Nazi’s and Hitler loses the argument by default. So I urge you, when you see it, call Godwin’s law, and perhaps when these keyboard warriors are drooling with spittle and raging at their screens they can maybe have a think about what they are saying instead of using one of the most tragic events in the history of mankind to win a bloody argument.

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Ashley R Lister said...

Lindsay,

An excellent point, although I'd bet, when the bees died, they were wearing stripes :-)

Ash