Malcolm Reavell introduced me to the idea of Brandolini’s Law on a post on the Facebook page of Modern Money Scotland.

Wikipedia summarises the law as follows:

Brandolini’s law, also known as the bullshit asymmetry principle, is an internet adage that emphasizes the difficulty of debunking false, facetious, or otherwise misleading information: “The amount of energy needed to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude larger than is needed to produce it.”

Trolls are, of course, aware of this. That is why pile-ons of trolls happen – no doubt coordinated by some website or other. Their simple aim is to waste time.

This is why I always reserve the right to delete them.

9 thoughts on “Irony,”

  1. Dear God. Has the clown only just realised that there is a Law for this? Anyone with half a brain would have worked this out for themselves from when they were very young. I did and I bet out host did.

  2. Tim

    I think that’s precisely the point you made when taking an initial look at ‘The Curajus state’ – the level of nonsense and ignorance is so great it would take many years to disprove. Take into account the sheer number of idiotic posts over 10 years and its a lifetime’s work. I’ve never seen anyone whose overestimation of his capabilities or knowledge is so great. That’s why a part of me suggests he might be a fiendishly clever satire.

  3. This law is easily refuted.
    Someone can make a long winded claim for a young universe based on some holy book that is the perfect word of God.
    One word refutation: Andromeda
    Or that we *need* to be in the EU for prosperity, peace, Horizon, and to have a seat at the table blah blah
    Refutation: Switzerland

  4. @Van Patten – it’s definitely not satire. Some years ago I attended a meeting where he was the guest speaker. It’s blindingly obvious when you meet him in person that he honestly believes himself to be the smartest person in the room.
    Per Spud’s article you’ve got admire his dig at Tim – “That is why pile-ons of trolls happen – no doubt coordinated by some website or other. ” Trolls in potatoland being anyone who has greater knowledge on any subject he’s been pontificating about.

  5. ” it’s definitely not satire. Some years ago I attended a meeting where he was the guest speaker. It’s blindingly obvious when you meet him in person that he honestly believes himself to be the smartest person in the room.”

    It doesn’t preclude him being a gig. I’ve long thought it quite likely. in which case,if he was the guest speaker at an event where he’s pulling the wool over everybody’s eyes. he would be the smartest person in the room. Knows it & has problems not showing it.

  6. moqifen/ bis

    Take both comments – my thoughts are that if he was being satirical then in public appearances he would have to ‘remain in character’ so it could be a pretty compelling act.

    The alternative of course, that he is one of the most openly avaricious, monstrously evil and power hungry people on the planet is almost too shocking to contemplate.

  7. Trolls in potatoland being anyone who has greater knowledge on any subject he’s been pontificating about.

    That would be roughly the population of the earth, then.

  8. Chris Miller

    I’d expect a First day analyst with any Banking or financial services institution to have more understanding of money and finance than the Sage of Ely, I agree. Maybe someone who’s functionally brain dead and requiring artificial assistance to survive might match Murphy but you’d be right to question that….

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