From the Wikipedia: Godwin’s Law

The second in the From the Wikipedia series highlights Godwin’s Law, which states that, as any threaded online discussion continues, the probability of a comparison involving NAZIs or Hitler approaches one.

This is both hilarious and pretty obviously true. People love nothing more than comparing one another to Hitler to make their points. And it’s funny because it’s such a pointless thing to do and a bad way to prove an argument.

One of the reasons I’m really excited to have this blog is that it provides a forum through which to more directly interact with readers, because I’m certain that’s where journalism is going. And I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the volume of comments so far, considering this blog technically hasn’t even launched yet.

But please, keep it civil. Hitler, I promise, is not lurking in the comments section of sabermetrically inclined New York sports blogs. Let’s assume that the people who make their way here are smart, reasonable humans with interesting and worthwhile opinions, and let’s not call each other morons until we prove it to be so.

5 thoughts on “From the Wikipedia: Godwin’s Law

  1. I just watched the solid TV movie “Nuremberg” on Netflix and enjoyed Brian Cox’s performance as Herman Goring. Then the next day a post about Godwin’s Law – coincidence?

  2. I’ve never heard of Godwin’s law… I am amazed at its accuracy.

    Side note, Stalin would crush Hitler in a steel caged death match. Now that should decide what wild card team makes the playoffs.

  3. Mike Godwin is definitely not as cool as Terror Birds, but he still exists, while the birds do not. In that way, the birds are just like Hitler.

    And no, James. There are no coincidences. Everything I do is in tribute to Brian Cox.

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