November 16, 2005

Godwin's Law (Knell's Corollary)

During a discussion on the WELL about spam filtering, after one exchange derailed the conversation in a rather astonishing manner it became apparent to me that the excellent and venerable Godwin's Law (which states that as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1) has acquired a small extension. This extension (which I claim as my own, to be known as Knell's Corollary) stems from the current political climate, and can be stated thus:

For the purposes of the Law, references to the activities of the Bush Administration, or to Guantanamo Bay, may be substituted for references to Nazis or Hitler.

In fact, I would assert that in many forums, the requirements of Godwin's Law are currently being satisfied by Bush and/or Guantanamo comparisons more often than they are with Nazi comparisions.

Posted by mpk at November 16, 2005 10:27 AM
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