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Local Keyboard Warriors Consistently Echo Godwin’s Law

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, what is Godwin’s law, Godwin’s Law asserts that the probability of Hitler or Nazi references in conversation grows according to the length of a dialogue or debate. This sort of social rule theory can be part of an analysis of new technology venues for discussion, such as messaging platforms, forums and other digital spaces.

Short for Godwin’s law of Nazi analogies, is an Internet adage asserting that as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Adolf Hitler approaches 1. In less mathematical terms, the longer the discussion, the more likely a Nazi comparison becomes, and with long enough discussions, it is a certainty.

Godwin’s Law is attributed to a lawyer named Mike Godwin, who first stated the “law” in 1990. It originally referred to USENET newsgroup discussions, but it can now be applied to any type of chat or forum setup, Facebook Pages, Twitter  or any other kind of collaborative conversation. It has often been applied to the cable news cycle, where top-level issues tend to be dissected at length to fill broadcasting time.

When such an event occurs, the person guilty of invoking Godwin’s Law has effectively forfieted the argument.

3 thoughts on “Local Keyboard Warriors Consistently Echo Godwin’s Law

  1. To suggest, or even hint, that historical photos depicting aspects of the Nazi regime (or any Nazi references) should not be posted/printed for any journalistic/public purpose, is just plain ludicrous and would serve no purpose whatsoever. Those historical images are reminders of atrocities that we should all remember, so they are never repeated.

    Additionally, The Ridgewood Blog has First Amendment rights just like the rest of us. The Ridgewood Blog does not use “Nazi imagery” or Nazi references in an attempt to incite people to violence, the only reason its protection under the First Amendment could be nullified.

  2. Laurie Bender we know you are reading this.

    Game over

  3. Laurie Bender controls freedom of speech in her mind. Just ask five random people in Ridgewood and one will tell you that yup, Laurie asked them to delete a post, or to not read the blog, or to write a certain comment that she wants posted. She is a legend in her own mind

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