Birds Aren’t Real – A Conspiracy Theory

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.”

All quotes attributed to the article written by Talylor Lorenz, New York Times. Dec 9, 2021

22 Comments

  1. What a crazy idea but I love it. We need some of that now up here in Ottawa where protestors are still clogging up the streets, demanding their freedoms. The police are starting to push back and are now making arrests.

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  2. I’d never heard about this organisation and I love it! It’s great to see young people challenging the spreading of misinformation like this! All power to them. Although I bet there are some who are gullible enough even to believe this. After all, if people can believe that the earth is flat and that Australia doesn’t exist (yes really!) then why not this?

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    1. It seems like it’d take a huge amount of effort & rationalization to believe flat-earth theories. How do you discount – science, photographic evidence, air travel, tourism, television, movies – evidence to the contrary. I am too lazy to contort my belief system.

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  3. Oh, this reminds me of a document I saw on tv about some young adults in… was it Holland (?)… and they had invented a religion, the “pastafari” aka Flying Spaghetti Monster religion… (google it – unless you’re very religious, in which case don’t.)

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    1. Oh boy. I looked it up and learned something else today. I wish I was so creative.

      Pastafariasm was created in the US to counter (or complement) a push by a school board to include Creationism (aka Intelligent Design) in classses about evolution.

      “Pastafarians have challenged laws that give particular privileges to religious ideas, practices, or bodies of worship in several countries and jurisdictions, frequently by seeking recognition as a religion, with varying degrees of success.”

      Colanders are used as headgear and pirate costumes as religious regalia. Colanders are religous headgear is recognized in Austria, Czech Republic, NZ, U.S. states of Massachusetts and Utah. The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was accepted as a religion in the Netherlands.

      For anyone else like me, this article describes it
      https://www.britannica.com/topic/Flying-Spaghetti-Monster

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