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New Zealand Internet Laws

Imperator Fish

Scott Yorke appears in fine form at the moment…he has re-written and also define some new laws regarding internet usage in New Zealand:

Most people know about about Godwin’s Law. In short (quoting?Wikipedia), this adage states: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.”

Here are a few other internet forum laws with particular relevance to the New Zealand scene.

Slater’s Law:?this is similar to Godwin’s law. but swap out “Hitler” for “Cameron Slater” and “Nazis” for “Whaleoil”. This law can be seen in practice on various left blogs.

Trotter’s Law:?Whatever Chris Trotter predicts about the left, the exact opposite will eventuate.

Mclauchlan’s Law: Whatever the Dim Post predicts about the left will almost always eventuate.

The Red Alert Own Goal Law:?All the good work put in by hard-working MPs on Labour’s blogsite will be undone in an instant by one person’s intemperate post.

Edwards’ Law:?As you get older and have more time to reflect on things you will use your blog to turn on everything and everyone you once loved.

Farrar’s Law:?The more time you spend reading the comments the more your health will suffer.

The Law of Common Sense: ?As a blog discussion grows longer, the?probability?that Pete George will turn up approaches 1.

Brown’s Law:?Every blog thread will descend into a discussion about coffee.

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.