The Internet Is Swarming With 'Snake People'
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 to do, not just because rents are higher than ever in this country but also for obvious reasons), “millennials” is the name for people born in the '80s and '90s. As the Wall Street Journal 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 exasperation 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 buried in deeper debt than any other generation, 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.
Bailey’s joke wasn’t lost on the Internet; 12,000 Chrome users alone have already downloaded the extension. It is also available for the browsers Safari and Firefox.
WSJ mentioned there is also a “competing extension that turns ‘millennial’ into ‘pesky whipper-snapper’” But that one only has about 2,000 downloads. Some other funny extensions have invaded the Web before the snake people. For example, according to WSJ, more than 119,000 people use the Chrome extension that replaces every image with a picture of Nicolas Cage (what?).
So, if you’re tired of reading the dehumanizing generalizations, maybe it’s time to replace them with commentary on why “Snake People are So Obessed With Food,” and how “Chinese Snake People Sound Like the Freaking Worst.”