Web 2.0 Makes Hitler a Satirical Star

YouTube videos spoof Nazi leader
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2008 12:03 PM CDT

(Newser) – Hitler wants his Xbox back, at least in one of many YouTube spoofs. Using clips from a 2004 German film about the Nazi’s demise, users have also rewritten subtitles to show Hitler ranting about Hillary Clinton and Adam Sandler movies. The spoofs are the latest Web 2.0 spawn, the Guardian observes, enabling armchair impresarios to create and broadcast their own content.

Eschewing big budgets, digital satirists need only good editing software—and fortitude. One was threatened with legal action after he lifted clips from Downfall to depict an Xbox-less Hitler. A tech expert concedes the integrity of the original film “has been spoiled,” but added, “We should consider the various renderings of Downfall as an art form in its own right.”