Uncivil Debate

Everyone on the Internets knows about Godwin’s Law, right?

“As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.”

It’s been adapted from Usenet to now apply to the Internets. And it does, because we’ve all seen it in action.

What about YouTube? Has anyone expressed the necessary observation? Maybe, but if not, I’m proposing Tony’s Law:

As the number of comments on a YouTube video grows, the probability that a gay slur will be introduced approaches one.

I’m researching cellphones, so I watch videos. I figure, maybe the comments will help, since actual user experience is good. And there, the most recent comments are just ignorant attacks on sexuality. I remembered this is why I don’t read YouTube comments any more. This probability of bigotry is also why I installed YouTube Comment Snob. (Which clearly didn’t work 100% effectively in this case, but it’s better than nothing.)

So, consider that a new Internets rule if someone hasn’t proposed it already.