World War Facebook

A tale of Axis versus Allies, told via status updates

By Andrew Leonard

Published May 12, 2010 10:13PM (EDT)

Considering how much attention I've been devoting to the Internet-makes-us-stupid meme lately, in all its myriad distracting-ourselves-from-brutish-reality incarnations, I feel duty bound to point out that creative genius can transcend the restrictions imposed by any medium.

I present, for your consideration, "OMG WWII on FACEBOOK!" "a modern adaptation of World War II for the American teenager," posted by Matthew Leeb to the website on March 8. (Hat tip to a tweet from Wagner James Au.)

As the father of a Facebook-enraptured teenager, I can tell you that the tone is pitch-perfect. Leeb demonstrates a remarkable mastery of the Facebook/teenager idiom, and delivers a solid grounding in the critical events of WW II. Relationship status updates and brilliant use of the "like button" explain the evolution of the Axis alliance and the betrayal of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact.

My favorite grace note: "UK just took the 'which iconic leader are you' quiz and the result is Winston Churchill."

Srsly, woot woot!

Andrew Leonard

Andrew Leonard is a staff writer at Salon. On Twitter, @koxinga21.

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