In a previous post I referred to Muphry’s Law so I thought I’d pull together a small selection of some of the laws of the internet. As opposed to the much longer Rules of the Internet.

The Laws of the Internet are really just observations of repetitive human behaviour on the internet, often written with a view to being humourous. They are unofficial and aren’t meant to be taken seriously.

1. Muphry’s Law (also known as Skitt’s Law)
“If you write anything criticizing editing or proofreading, there will be a fault of some kind in what you have written.”
I regularly fall foul of this one, but then I’ve never claimed to be a copywriter 😉

2. Betteridge’s Law
“Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.”
A personal favourite, especially when applied to a tabloid website’s headlines.

3. Poe’s Law
“Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humour, it is impossible to create a parody of fundamentalism that someone won’t mistake for the real thing.”
Reading the comments sections on some parody websites are beautiful examples of this rule.

4. Danth’s Law
“If you have to insist you’ve won an internet argument, you’ve probably lost badly.”

5. Pommer’s Law
“A person’s mind can be changed by reading information on the internet. The nature of this change will be from having no opinion to having a wrong opinion.”

6. Godwin’s Law
“As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1”

7. Scopie’s Law
“In any discussion involving science or medicine, citing as a credible source loses you the argument immediately…and gets you laughed out of the room.”

8. The Law of Exclamation
“The more exclamation points used in an email (or other posting), the more likely it is a complete lie. THIS IS ALSO TRUE FOR EXCESSIVE CAPITAL LETTERS.”

Know any others? Pop them in the comments section below!

Nick Page 14th October 2014


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