October 23, 2009

The Most Useful Thing You Will Read Today

At least if you use the internet a lot. And you do.

Top Ten Internet Rules & Rules, from The Telegraph.

You've probably heard of the first one - even if you didn't know what it was called. Godwin's Law should be applied and stomped across every single panel show, chat room, pundit meeting (you know, where pundits go to meet), and anywhere else there is the threat of a deteriorating conversation. So, most holiday dinner tables, too. Godwin's Law states the longer a discussion goes on, the higher the likelihood that some idiot will announce that an offered opinion is akin to Hitler specifically, or Nazism in general. It tells you how far removed we are from the heinous events of the past when anyone will compare almost anything to Hitler and the ensuing nightmare.

Read them all; they're a hoot. I like the second one. Unless you use absolute hints like emoticons or dancing graphics when you post a tongue-in-cheek post about fundamentalism, a whole bunch of creationists will believe you are serious. They will quote you. Your words will be used on other sites to bolster nutbar opinions with bogus facts.

Another one we all know: the more exclamation points in an email or post, the more ridiculous it is. I post on a site and there is a blogger who uses CAPITAL LETTERS, italics, underlined words (I don't know how to underline that part) and bold words to make his point. I'm glad he does; he saves me the time of reading anything. It's like putting up a big fence with a sign that reads Please Don't Feed The Ass.

Same with private emails full of exclamation points. You can't possibly be that excited about something. And if you are, I don't think I want to know about it.

Anyway. Fun read.


Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

I believe that number 10 is my personal favourite; I think I know at least two people who would be considered well in the running. I even know of one who, on a cold wineter's day would wear two pair.

October 24, 2009 9:07 AM  

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