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If the Characters from Hamlet Had the Internet


I don’t necessarily BLAME Shakespeare for deciding to be born some 400 years before the advent of the Internet, thereby robbing us all of the chance to see Hamlet tweet, but… well, okay, I do blame him a little. Hamlet’s a pretty good story, but it needs a little something… and that something is Polonius on Facebook. 

(Picture the confusion of your mom trying to post a Facebook status update COMBINED with the long-winded self-righteousness of your least favorite relative at Thanksgiving dinner, and I feel like you’ve got Polonius.)

Shakespeare died in 1616, long before we had things like Snapchat and Tinder. I thought I’d do the guy a solid and show everyone what one of his most famous plays would undoubtedly look like in the 21st century.