Caw. Caw Caw.


This past Monday I tuned in to Ds106 radio’s audio drama hour and heard a flighty tale from the Anthropocene broadcast. That’s right, the story was Alfred Hitchcock’s, ‘The Birds.’

As I listened to the soothing bird sounds, (j/k, the sounds were like listening to a record screeching), I had to tweet along my thoughts on Twitter. A fitting way to post about ‘THE BIRDS.’ Thank you, I’ll see myself out.

I didn’t know what to expect for this live “tweet along,” and I wasn’t sure what the proper tweeting etiquette was. Do I spam the feed with tweets? Do I tweet on my own feed? Is there a designated page to respond on? Do I just keep replying to my own ‘main’ tweet that I’ve started, thereby creating a thread? Do I have to use #ds106 for all of the tweets, or just the first one?

As my over-thinking anxiety kicked in, I decided to just tweet a handful of thoughts on my feed by making a thread. I’m new to this whole Twitter business, so that seemed like it made the most logical sense. (Although now I see that individual tweets make more sense for WP embeds. Oops. Well, I learned something). I have a feeling that I was still spamming Twitter though, as I was getting outside comments from non-Ds106 people wondering what the heck I was doing.

At first as I was listening to the radio show, I didn’t know what the heck was going on. Not only have I not seen ‘The Birds,’ but as I mentioned in a previous post, I have a really hard time following along with dialogue. I need my visuals, man. (I even have to have subtitles on for movies/shows that are in English). I have no idea what interpersonal relationships the host was talking about, and the conversation clips from the movie didn’t help. I tried to focus on the sounds I was hearing and just comment on that instead.

As I started picking up on certain aspects of the story’s analysis, I drew my own conclusions about birds. I was glad that the narrator chose to include an analysis from the birds’ perspective.

I think real bird sounds are better than electronic bird sounds, although the noise of a collective flock is a bit overwhelming! My first thought was that they sound like the crashing of ocean waves. I convinced myself that birds can’t sound like the ocean and so regrettably, I tweeted “droning sound” instead.

Hey, I’m not crazy after all! Swarms of birds do sound like the ocean.

I’m still not sure what all the squawking is about in ‘The Birds’ other than the plot point that a bunch of birds attack people, but I do know that the harsh, electronic sound effects created a threatening mood for the story. (Contrasted to real birds sounds, which although might also sound ominous, does not give the same ‘attack’ vibe).

Birds are our friends, not our foe. I think it’s time for a re-telling of ‘The Birds’- one where the birds’ odd behavior can be explained via the evil, polluting actions of humans.
Now that’s a story that will fly!


Look at this gem I found. There is a ‘The Birds’ themed Barbie Doll that was released about a decade ago.

“Oh dear. I seem to have acquired some fine feathered friends.”


Now let’s all listen to the soothing sounds of A Flock of Seagulls.

Ah. Much better than real Seagull noises.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Lauren Perez

    It really interesting how you talk about the flock of bird sounding similar to the ocean- it makes me think of what we think sounds like the “ocean” such as when we put our ears up to conch shells and what not. But I think how we differentiate between what sounds like the ocean for real and what ~almost~ sounds like the ocean is the association we have with what the sound is actually supposed to represent.

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