Saturday, March 1, 2008

Godwin's Musicological Law

In any article, book, conference talk, or seminar discussion, whenever Richard Wagner is mentioned, the author or speaker shall immediately be deemed to have lost. Particularly when the subject matter is not 19th century German music.

In the special case that the mention of Wagner includes a reference to Tristan und Isolde, the speaker shall not only be designated "loser," but shall also be barred from further contributions to the journal, conference, seminar, etc.


Alexandra said...

I feel that special dispensations need to be made for cases when the mention of Wagner is made in an attempt to point out how much he sucks and/or is irrelevant. Examples include:

"Wagner sucks."
"Tristan und Isolde is the least relevant opera I have never heard."
"Let's write a new History of Western Music while operating under the conceit that Richard Wagner was never born."
"Tristan und Isolde? What the fuck's that? The name of some Bohemian lager?"

CelloShots said...

Dispensation shall be granted in these circumstances. Dispensation shall not be granted to Slavoj Zizek, who ruined a perfectly good non-musicological article by bringing up Wagner.