With the internet now approaching middle-age, it’s not surprising that established conventions have been codified into what could be called laws.
Redditor “throawayesbob” recently shared an infographic to r/funny which shows the supposed “Laws of the Internet”.
It contains some laws you know and some you may not have come across but will immediately recognise as true.
You are probably all familiar with the “Streisand Effect”, which states that any attempt to censor information on the web will lead to that information become more widespread.
It was named after Barbra Streisand, who attempted to suppress photos of her home in Malibu, thus making people more curious about it.
Other laws include “Muphry’s Law”, which states if you leave a comment correcting someone there will be a mistake in it, and “Wadsworth Constant”, which maintains that the first 30% of any video contains no worthwhile information.
The infographic also has “Cunningham’s Law”, which says the best way to get an answer to a question is to answer it incorrectly and wait for someone to fix it, and “Poe’s Law”, the point at which it’s difficult to distinguish satire extremism from real extremism.
It even includes a glaring error under “CAD’s Theorum of Topic Closure”, but I wouldn’t dare correct it, given Muphry’s Law and all.
A notable exclusion to the laws includes Godwin’s Law, the ancient law that claims all internet discussions end with someone calling someone else a Nazi.
Also missing is the “Mandela Effect”, in which a large number of people share false memories of past events. This one got its name from the assumption Nelson Mandela died in prison but has recently been popularised by the “Berenstein Bears” theory.
Do you remember it as Berenstain or Berenstein? One blogger jokingly posits that the fact that the name has changed is proof of a parallel universe.
This isn’t the first time someone has tried to write the laws or rules of the internet.
4chan’s infamous image board created its own lengthy list of rules containing the most well-known one of all, Rule 34, which states that if it exists, there is porn of it.
throawayesbob’s post received over 16,000 upvotes and 700 comments – for the record, I remember BerenSTEIN.