This morning I was scrolling through my news feeds feeling more and more depressed with current affairs and the general state of the world. This article caught my eye and I had a wave of different reactions reading it.
1. Oh Man. People actually believe that? 🤦🏻♀️
Birds Aren’t Real is a “Gen Z-fueled conspiracy theory, which posits that birds don’t exist and are really drone replicas installed by the U.S. government to spy on Americans.”
2. Oh, it’s a farce 😌
“My favorite way to describe the organization is fighting lunacy with lunacy” says “Claire Chronis, 22, a Birds Aren’t Real organizer in Pittsburgh.
3. Oh, it’s subversive and smart 😏
“In September, shortly after a restrictive new abortion law went into effect in Texas, Birds Aren’t Real members showed up at a protest held by anti-abortion activists at the University of Cincinnati. Supporters of the new law “had signs with very graphic imagery and were very aggressive in condemning people,” Mr. McIndoe said. “It led to arguments.”
But the Bird Brigade began chanting, “Birds aren’t real.” Their shouts soon overpowered the anti-abortion activists, who left.
4. Bravo Gen Z! 👍
What Birds Aren’t Real truly is, they say, is a parody social movement with a purpose. In a post-truth world dominated by online conspiracy theories, young people have coalesced around the effort to thumb their nose at, fight and poke fun at misinformation. It’s Gen Z’s attempt to upend the rabbit hole with absurdism.”