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Internet's Three Rules: Porn, Nazis, Sarcasm

Internet's Three Rules: Porn, Nazis, Sarcasm

Back when internet culture was something that felt like it happened over there, online, separate from the rest of our lives, people started to create rules to explain what it was like. Godwin's Law is probably the best known of these: It states that eventually, as an online conversation progresses, it becomes increasingly likely that someone is going to compare someone else to Hitler.

A lot has changed, online and otherwise, since Godwin's Law first appeared in 1990. But the law is still true on the Internet, even if some of the people now getting called a "Nazi" online are literal Nazis.

Of these many old rules about the Internet, three of them — Godwin's, Poe's...