The History of the World According to Facebook

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In August 2010, Wylie Overstreet published a satirical article called "If Historical Events Had Facebook Statuses" on the website CoolMaterial.com. Within a month, it had received 3 million views and had been "liked" by 120,000 Facebook users.

In A WORLD HISTORY ACCORDING TO FACEBOOK, Overstreet expands this concept into a full-length history of the world, from its creation up through to the present day, as if Facebook had existed all along and Abraham Lincoln had written a ...

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Overview

In August 2010, Wylie Overstreet published a satirical article called "If Historical Events Had Facebook Statuses" on the website CoolMaterial.com. Within a month, it had received 3 million views and had been "liked" by 120,000 Facebook users.

In A WORLD HISTORY ACCORDING TO FACEBOOK, Overstreet expands this concept into a full-length history of the world, from its creation up through to the present day, as if Facebook had existed all along and Abraham Lincoln had written a status update about "taking the missus to the theater" on April 15, 1865 and Ben Franklin had done the same alerting his network that he'd signed the Declaration of Independence ("Bring it," replied John Adams). Filled with hundreds of real-life historical figures and thousands of not-at-all-real Facebook statuses, comments, and actions, and parodying Facebook users' proclivity to over-share and use lazy jargon ("lol," "rofl," "fml," etc.), this is the definitive humor book for our generation.

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Justin Halpern
“I think Abraham Lincoln would find this book funny. Right after he decided Facebook was a huge waste of time.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062076182
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 201,973
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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  • Posted March 19, 2012

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    I am a big fan of Facebook and I spend more time on its pages th

    I am a big fan of Facebook and I spend more time on its pages than it's probably healthy. It has become my favorite go-to site not just for personal updates, but far more importantly for the links and comments of the daily newsworthy events. It gives me an opportunity to banter with a few of my like-minded friends on the latest political and social events. "The History of the World According to Facebook" tries to imagine what would it have been like if Facebook had existed for, well, forever and if the great events of history somehow managed to make it to the running commentary on your Facebook feed. The result is a very entertaining and well-designed humor book that will appeal to all Facebook enthusiasts, as well as a substantial number of Facebook detractors.

    The book is organized around the typical Facebook communication categories: status updates, event notifications, wall posts, etc. It is formatted in the "pre-timeline" Facebook format. The historical events are presented as an online interaction between famous historical figures (Joan of Arc and Charles VII, Jesus and God, Grant and Lee, Einstein and Roosevelt), countries (Germany and Poland), inanimate objects (meteorite), and even abstract concepts (equality, etc.). All of this can be extremely funny, but it also makes you think of how our conceptualization of life in general has been subtly altered by the use of Facebook and other social media. I find myself too often thinking about how would a particular event or situation in my life play on Facebook. A book like this one can give me a much needed reality check.

    Unfortunately, this book can be very tendentious and ideologically tainted at times, to the point that is downright off-putting if you don't share the author's very narrow political sensibilities. For the most part, though, the book is pretty funny and stays clear of current politics. Nonetheless, I feel that there was a wasted opportunity here to write a truly funny yet non-partisan social commentary.

    Overall, this is for the most part a very funny book. Like most humor that reflects particular era, its shelf life may be limited, but from everything that we've seen about Facebook so far there is no reason not to believe that this kind of humor will remain relevant for at least a few more years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    Silly but fun

    Reading the history of the world in Facebook posts is a silly concept but it works as a highly amusing and thought provoking book. I have enjoyed reading if cover to cover about three times so far

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Wow

    This was too funny

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    For those that have a basic understanding of history & uses

    For those that have a basic understanding of history & uses Facebook, this is the perfect combination! I've read it 3x's in a row & discovered something new with each reading.   :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    !

    Hilarious!!!!

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