A piece on The Guardian discusses the fascinating story of the “Birds Aren’t Real” movement. Part performance art, part narrative experiment, part conspiracy busting, this is a great example of weaponizing satire in the fight against stupidity.
One challenge though – in some ways satire is dead in our society, so not clear how broadly applicable this story is in today’s world. Years ago, Matt and Trey (South Park creators) noted that, “satire has become reality.” That makes for a world where it can be tough to use humor to negate the crazy.
That said, it should be noted that youth seemed to instantly get the Birds Aren’t Real messaging, so maybe there is hope that the generations coming up will bring a sensibility that enables fact and fiction to be examined, discerned, and understood through critical thinking – that includes a healthy dose of satirical thought and action.