Megan Fox and I have been working on a few projects under the banner of “Story Time Digital Media”; one of those is a study of the museums and cultural institutions in Chicago to see what sort of subtle bias exists in what’s being put in front of the children here. Our theory is that even well-meaning places (like the Brookfield Zoo) end up with exhibits that push the Left’s agenda because people hired as Directors slip these things in whenever they can. Most people don’t even notice them.
The 1990s and 2000s seemed to have been the zenith for this sort of sneaky propaganda. All of the faded, mostly-ignored exhibits from that era have a lot of bias in them…this was the height of Al Gore’s popularity and the whole “Inconvenient Truth” bandwagon. None of these things have been updated much in recent years and new exhibits built around Chicago don’t seem to contain this garbage (that we’ve seen so far, at least). I’m fascinated by this.
Megan and I are working on putting together our first documentary film on the subject, with a companion book of essays, and these YouTube clips are the first step towards that. What we’re interested in is taking a look at places we remember from childhood as being propaganda-free…and then looking at what happened to them in the 1990s and 2000s when people in our age cohort were no longer paying attention to these places. When I was in my 20s and early 30s, I didn’t go to zoos or museums much. I certainly didn’t go as often as I did when I was a kid.
Now that my friends all have children who are zoo-going age and I take my godchildren to these places, too, I’m floored by how much the marketing and branding has changed. The Brookfield Zoo, in particular, is very focused on teaching little kids that humans are bad and are a blight on the planet. That’s not the sort of zoo experience I had as a child going to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
This “Adventures with Agua” exhibit (that the Illinois EPA installed at the zoo) is the craziest thing I have seen in a long time. It is a religious experience for the Left. In this exhibit, you can:
* self-flagellate for being a “bad person” for wasting water and making the planet sad
* learn the 35 New Commandments for being a “good person” by never washing your face, always wearing dirty clothes, and never taking vacations anywhere far away (unless you are one of the elites on the Left…and then no rules apply to you)
* purchase carbon credit and water indulgences to make up for past sins
* accept the reality that the game is rigged and you can never really become a “good person”, because no matter what you do you will never, ever do enough to save the planet since we are all doomed and the Anthropogenic Apocalypse is nigh
It’s all so crazy.
When I was a kid and my parents would take me to the zoo, I would learn so many cool things about animals that I was beside myself the whole car ride home. I just couldn’t wait to take out my markers and paper and draw pictures of the animals and I would beg for books on the animals and to learn more about them. The zoos got me so fired up that for a number of years I wanted to be a zookeeper or paleontologist when I grew up. The zoos hit a home run with my imagination.
Does this “Adventures with Agua” do that for kids today?
Do children listening to the zoos’ “humans are bad” garbage come home excited to learn about the animals?
I don’t think so. I imagine some kids even walk away from the zoo resenting the animals, since every exhibit seems determined to guilt trip the children into thinking they are responsible for these animals dying. At some point, if you are told over and over again that you are responsible for all the misery and suffering of a certain thing…then you resent that thing, because if that thing no longer existed then you would not have to listen to how bad you are for being responsible for harming that thing.
What an epic fail the Brookfield Zoo is.
Are zoos where you live like this too?
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