In the wake of the WikiLeaks war logs unveiling, Twitter's nerdy users have combined the organization's name and Star Wars to create a viral joke.
The hashtag #wookieleaks features all kind of quips about ewoks, Afghanistan, empire, and Princess Leah. The tag (obviously) takes its name from Chewbacca's Yeti-like species. People are using the tag in two ways. First, to retell the narrative of the Star Wars movies in the voice of contemporary political headline writing. And also to discuss current events under the guise of Star Wars characters. Here are some good ones we spotted
@tcarmody: Despite billions invested on construction of an untested defense system, the new Death Star may not yet be fully operational. #wookieleaks
Wondering what a hashtag is? Here's a quick explanation for Twitter neophytes:
Hashtags are one of the more interesting emergent phenomena on Twitter. The tags are words or phrases delineated by the poundsign (#wookieleaks). Twitter automatically turns words formatted that way into links that bring up a list of all the people who've included that hashtag in a Tweet. Originally used to keep track of conferences (#CarSales2010), now they often become punny categories for collective jokes, like a parlor game for millions. No one explains what the hashtag is supposed to mean, but users catch on from watching their friends play. It's like an instant inside joke that anyone can join.