We have seen in the past few years that this is the generation of the internet. Millenials and Gen Z’s are consistently known for their tech skills, constantly being on their phones, communicating via texting rather than in person, etc, etc. So really, who was surprised when their response to the threat of a war was to make it go viral?
On January 3, having just barely started the new decade, President Donald Trump sanctioned a US drone strike killing Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, who he says was involved or responsible for the deaths of numerous Americans. Immediately, WW3 began trending on twitter with everything from fear of an upcoming war to jokes about who should be drafted.
Tensions continued to rise when Iran carried out a ballistic missile attack on US air bases in Iraq on Wednesday morning. Since this, many countries have made statements about their intentions and hopes during this crisis. The newly appointed Iranian general has said that there will be serious repercussions for the United States’ actions and that the ballistic missile attack was an act of retaliation for Soleimani’s death. President Trump has also stated that no US soldiers were killed in the attack against them but that if the countries were to go to war, America’s army is better by far than any other country’s and the Iranians would have no chance.
Other countries have given statements saying that they would encourage a deescalation of the international crisis and do not want it to lead to a world war.
Throughout this series of events, WW3 has continued to flourish as a trending topic on nearly every social media platform. Twitter users post lists of who they think should be drafted before them while Tik Tok females boast how much cooking and cleaning they do saying despite the push for gender equality, they shouldn’t be drafted for the war. Still others post jokes about them doing the ‘renegade dance’ instead of throwing a grenade as their general ordered. Canadians post videos of them pretending to use knives or scissors in their backyards to ‘cut themselves off’ from the American border while Americans post ‘updated’ world maps which show Canada and the USA swapped to show Iran where to point their nukes.
In a time of crisis, it seems that our generation’s way of coping truly is humour, no matter how dangerous, or even deadly, of a situation it may be. Maybe this generation really isn’t cut out for war, but they certainly know how to use social media.