What is Godwin’s law in Internet?

  • This refers to the adage that as the length of a discussion on the Internet increases, the chances of a participant comparing a fellow member to German dictator Adolf Hitler increase.
  • The law states that such a comparison is almost sure to happen if the online discussion on a hot topic lasts for a sufficient amount of time.
  • It is attributed to American attorney Mike Godwin, who used it to describe the nature of online discussions during the early days of the Internet.
  • This is said to expose people’s tendency to associate their opponents with false figures when they have no rational counter to offer in an argument on the Net.


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