communication usually fails, except by accident 2007 Sep 28

Wiio’s laws are humoristically formulated serious observations about how human communication usually fails except by accident. This document comments on the applicability and consequences of the laws, especially as regards to communication on the Internet.

  1. Communication usually fails, except by accident.
    1. If communication can fail, it will
    2. If communication cannot fail, it still most usually fails
    3. If communication seems to succeed in the intended way, there’s a misunderstanding
    4. If you are content with your message, communication certainly fails
  2. If a message can be interpreted in several ways, it will be interpreted in a manner that maximizes the damage
  3. There is always someone who knows better than you what you meant with your message
  4. The more we communicate, the worse communication succeeds
    1. The more we communicate, the faster misunderstandings propagate
  5. In mass communication, the important thing is not how things are but how they seem to be
  6. The importance of a news item is inversely proportional to the square of the distance
  7. The more important the situation is, the more probably you forget an essential thing that you remembered a moment ago
Joe Crawford blogged this at 9:16am in 2007 in September. The 28th was a Friday. You are reading this 12 years later. Comment. There are no comments Tweet. Send email. It has hashtags→ .

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