Internet adage

Comparing Tolley to Hitler

Farrar releases details of another protesting prinicpal, this one though clearly hasn’t heard of Godwin’s Law.

Godwin’s law (also known as?Godwin’s Rule of Nazi Analogies or?Godwin’s Law of Nazi Analogies)?is a humorous observation made by?Mike Godwin in 1989 which has become an?Internet adage. It states: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.”?In other words, Godwin put forth the sarcastic observation that, given enough time,?all discussions?regardless of topic or scope?inevitably end up being about Hitler and the Nazis.

Of course she went right to losing side by starting the comment by mentioning Hitler.

There are many?corollaries to Godwin’s law, some considered more?canonical (by being adopted by Godwin himself)?than others. For example, there is a tradition in many newsgroups and other Internet discussion forums that once such a comparison is made, the thread is finished and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically “lost” whatever?debate was in progress.

I have taken the liberty of taking a screen shot of the comment, because it is now likely to disappear.

Marlene Campbell is the principal of Salford School in Invercargill

The childish petulance of these?principals?makes?one wonder whether the problem with discipline in schools doesn’t in fact rest with the tweetchers.