Related to Godwins Law. Only instead of comparing an event to those of Nazis or Hitler, Iantos Law will claim the death of a fictional character is equal to or worse than the death of a real person.
Named after the death of fictional character Ianto Jones in BBC sci-fi drama special "Torchwood: Children of Earth". This death was taken badly by fans of the gay character, leading some to even claim it was equally or more traumatic that the deaths of actual friends or relatives.
"Hey, did you see the new harry potter? When Dumbledore died it was TOTALLY worse than when my 4 year old son was murdered"
"FFS, iantos law! :P"
When Nazis are used in an argument as an example, in a situation where a reference to them is actually valid, Godwin's law gets nullified and is in fact considered a cheap tactic by some who, rather than using intellectual discourse, throw some kind of usenet fad as if it was ever of any real importance outside their geeky lives.
- "An example why the will of the majority is not always right is the Nazis who got elected and..."
- "Godwins law I win!"
- "Nope, Vaebn's law because it is a valid comparison"
vt. To invoke Godwin's Law by associating something or someone with Nazis, Hitler, or Nazi Germany.
Then he Godwins the discussion by associating the suppression of intelligent design research with Nazis.
This law comes into play when a person uses the phrases "shouldn't we be focusing on the soliders" or "shouldn't we be focusing on the war?" when they deem a certain news item frivolous. The longer the conversation about said 'frivolous" news goes on, the more likely it is that someone will bring up soldiers or war and that others will start parroting the phrase. It's often used to shut down a conversation, after all, who can argue that the news shouldn't be focusing on the war or on soldiers? However, they person using Roddan's law is rightfully ignored.
"I can't believe that they're showing all this news about this celebrity!" cried Bob "Why don't they focus this much on our real heroes, the soldiers?"
"If you're so worried about the soldiers, why don't you donate to the veterans or volunteer to work with them?" asked Jim.
"Nah. I just wanna sit in my chair, sip my beer, and say 'oh, that's so sad' or 'man, that's a true hero!' when the news comes on. Makes me feel like a patriotic American!"
"Roddan's Law" said Jim and shook his head sadly.
Zane's Law states that nearly everything in life can be compared to Nazis or Hitler. This law also states that in politics, anything can always be related to Nazis or Hitler. This law is an expanded version of Godwin's Law.
Fox News often proves Zane's Law to be valid.
The faster and larger an online discussion grows, the probability of a civilized conversation based on the original topic approaches 0.
(Check out Digg.com for examples of Cretin's Law)
A term that originated on Facebook, Chapman's Law states that as an online argument grows longer and more heated, it becomes increasingly likely that somebody will question if a photo of someone is displaying their cumface. When such an event occurs, the person guilty of invoking Chapman's Law has effectively forfieted the argument.
"What a mentalist. All that with her kid in her arms!!"
"That Daily Mail pic is probably her cumface."
"Ah, so it's time to invoke Chapman's Law, is it?"