The Corner

After Godwin

I assume Corner readers all know about Godwin’s Law. (If you don’t, follow the link below.)

What are the other laws governing internet discussions, though? The Daily Telegraph technology section tells us.

As a fan of self-reference and recursion, I particularly liked Cohen’s Law:

Proposed by Brian Cohen in 2007, [Cohen’s Law] states that: “Whoever resorts to the argument that ‘whoever resorts to the argument that … has automatically lost the debate’ has automatically lost the debate.”

Has also been stated in the much longer version:  “Whoever resorts to the argument that ‘whoever resorts to the argument that … “whoever resorts to the argument that … ‘whoever resorts to the argument that … “whoever resorts to the argument that … ‘whoever resorts to the argument that …  … has automatically lost the debate’ … has automatically lost the debate” … has automatically lost the debate’ … has automatically lost the debate” … has automatically lost the debate’ has automatically lost the debate.”