Site promises to teach your parrot to recite the Communist Manifesto

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OMG, if I was a birb person I would totally name it Comrade Crackers!

(I like birbs, just not in captivity.)

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So that you can return to a polyshevik revolution in progress?

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Parrots, united, shall never be defeated.

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I seriously doubt these things work-- they used to sell those “teach your bird” LPs, and my impression was the bird needs a living human connection to recognize it as communication. There may be some exceptions, like mynah birds. (Not that I’m an expert, cue the birders to set me straight in 3… 2… 1…)

That said, it would be kinda funny to hear standard communist quotes coming from a bird all the time.

“Bwaaawk workers of the world unite!! The history of society is the history of class struggles! BWaaawk bwaaawk!”

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It’s not the same unless it’s read in the original German.

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Give me a go with a crow and Errico Malatesta’s Anarchy and I’ll see what I can do

If that succeeds then I’ll try Kropotkin’s The Conquest of Bread. Crows already understand mutual aid so it might work.

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Yeah, right.

Maybe not.

No kidding.

By the same logic, leaving a tv or radio on would result in the parrot babbling whatever was played.
It doesn’t work that way. It’s just background noise, as far as the bird is concerned.
Now, the bird might pick up small snippets if they were played over & over & over, but the bird won’t memorize the whole thing in one listen, any more than a human would.

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If stand-up is left repeating all day, will the bird learn to recognize a joke?

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Takes me back to one of the classic and most beloved moments ever on the Italian detective show “Inspectore Montalbano” when the Inspectore was interviewing the parents of young witness to a violent crime who worked in a bank. It turned out the folks were committed lefties who’d always known no good could come of banks:

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a crow tried to talk to me a few weeks ago

it could imitate a human voice pretty well, but it had no concept of words

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Even if it was from the parrotariate?

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That could probably be done.

Remember the car alarms that would rotate through four different patterns? I once heard a mockingbird sing them. I felt sorry for that bird.

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No, but the bird would probably learn some new laughs.
Depends on the bird, though. Even among species that are known for their talking ability, some are better than others.
I think playing the same thing over & over & over would at least be boring, if not annoying… or worse.
It’s a wonder more Ice Cream Truck drivers don’t crack from the strain…

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