Uproxx has a handy guide to the five immutable laws that govern the Internet, which for all you n00bs out there are as follows:
1. It is impossible to create a parody of fundamentalism that will not be mistaken for the real thing.
2. If you have to insist you’ve won an argument on the Internet, you have lost, and probably badly.
3. A meme’s probability of crossing into the mainstream is in inverse proportion to how quickly it gets irritating.
4. A person’s mind can be changed by reading information on the Internet. The nature of the change is from having no opinion to having a wrong opinion.
5. Any post correcting an error will have at least one error itself.
6. Misleading jokes about animal abuse are almost as shameless traffic bait as posting pictures of cute, fuzzy kittens.
Yes, the article is entitled, “Know Your Laws: Five Laws That Run The Internet,” but there are six laws listed — consider this a corollary to rule number 5, which could be amended, “Also, there is no copy editing on teh Internets.” And where is Godwin’s Law? It states that “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.” This is the One Law to Rule Them All, but perhaps is too prosaic for the learned minds of Uproxx?
Rule number one seems especially apropos today as the web lit up over the last few days with this post from Christwire.org and the Youtube vid (now removed) of the gal thanking her Christian God for wiping out all those non-believers in Japan. She has since revealed herself as a troll.