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The Internet Is Swarming With 'Snake People'

August 14, 2015 in Blogs

By April M. Short, AlterNet

Popular browser extension pokes fun at the Internet's millennial-haters.

I am one of the snake people. That is to say, I’m a millennial.

And if you are one of the thousands of people who downloaded a browser extension that replaces any online use of the term “millennials” with the term “snake people,” this article will be especially confusing to read.

The popular browser extension is simply called “Millennials to Snake People,” and it's pretty entertaining. In case you’ve been living under a rock (the way snake people are prone do, not just because rent is higher than ever in this country but also for obvious reasons), “millennials” is the name for people born in the 80s and 90s. And, as the Wall Street Journal  quite neatly summed it up:

“An extension is a small software program that modifies an Internet browser such as Google’s Chrome or Mozilla’s Firefox.”

Usually, people download browser extensions for practical purposes, like blocking ads, spellchecking and other purely functional uses. But not this glorious wordplay. The extension also includes related terms.

“‘Great recession’ becomes ‘time of shedding and cold rocks,’ and ‘Occupy Wall Street’ turns into ‘Great Ape-Snake War.’”

Thirty-three-year-old web designer and snake person Eric Bailey, created the extension for fun, and out of exacerbation over one too many crazily-titled headlines generalizing about millennials, he told WSJ.

“A lot of these articles speak of [millennials] in terms of this weird, dehumanized, alien phenomenon.”

Indeed, we snake people have had a bad rap, primarily from more conservative members of the generation formerly ostricized by their parents for being “hippies” (aka out of touch wealthy people with wrinkles) who have reproached us as entitled, spoiled, lazy cat-video-crazed complainers. In reality our vocal unhappiness about the current state of things is a direct reaction to the broken economic system we inherited–like the fact that we’re more educated than any other generation, buried in deeper debt, insane rent prices (yes, it’s worth mentioning twice) and joblessness. Former AlterNet editor and snake person Alyssa Figueroa sums things up pretty nicely here.

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