IAmA writer, absurdist, and satirist who recently started a viral misinformation campaign… by accident. You might know me as RamsesThePigeon. AMA!
I’m going to bury the lede a bit by explaining who I am first: For the past several years, I’ve been one of the most-active Redditors on the site. (You may have seen my stories and screenplays – many of which feature a guy named Dave – or ill-advised attempts at comedy.) I alternate between hunting spammers, yelling at people, offering quasi-humorous writing lessons, and creating my own original content.
That last activity got me into a little bit of trouble the other day.
I created this satirical piece shortly after COVID-19 started being recognized as a genuine threat. In the months that followed, quite a few different people ripped, cut, and shared incomplete versions of the video across a variety of social media sites. Worse still, many of those individuals insisted that they were presenting “proof” of the pandemic having been intentionally engineered.
Given that my original upload barely passed 60,000 views, I was entirely unaware of this… until fact-checkers from Belgium, France, and The Netherlands started reaching out to me. In the days that followed, I learned how far the “misinformation” had spread, and I found myself explaining not only that that the majority of my video content is absurd satire (like “The Mick Jagger Conspiracy Theory"), but that the viral piece in question was intended to lampoon the anti-science perspectives which were arising at the time.
Anyway, I’ll start answering questions about a half an hour after initially posting this, so ask me anything about writing, Reddit, production, satire in general… or anything else you want, really!
Edit: This has been a lot of fun, everyone! Thank you so much for the questions, the conversation, and the entertaining interactions. I'll be closing out this AMA for now, but chances are that you'll be able to find me around the site. As a final thought, remember to question the veracity of (and the motivations behind) what you see, hear, and read... because it might end up being a joke.