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Email was born in the 1970s, and baby boomers in the ’60s and ’50s. But find yourself a dozen forwarded messages deep into an email chain between elders and you’d swear it was invented yesterday.

Now, there’s a weekly newsletter that sends subscribers anonymous, verbatim email threads sent between groups of baby boomer friends, relatives and colleagues. Later, the conversations are made public through the website Boomer Email. The messages are leaked to the site’s moderators via subscribers — who were presumably either included in the email chain, or stolen from someone else’s account. (Boomers, check your passwords!)

“Like it or not, Boomers’ politics and ideology shapes the country,” a popup “Insight” reads on the homepage. “But what content are they really consuming each day?”

A recent example exhibits one such bizarre and disturbing exchange: a set of photos of Queen Elizabeth superimposed with the face of President Donald Trump.

“Fwd: FW: Trump’s Secret Goal … Is To …” the subject line reads, while the body text finished the statement: “… Take over Britain and Replace The Queen!” The email was submitted April 6.

Younger generations will attest to boomers’ visible anguish as they attempt to navigate Google Drive, Microsoft Office or even something as vital as email. But for all their years on Earth, the scope of their understanding (or lack thereof) of best practices on the internet has been demonstrated to hilarious, and sometimes detrimental, effect. (See: Trump’s “Twitter sideshow“; the Hillary emails; Tom Hanks’ glove fetish Instagram.)

MSCHF — the meme-inspired product design collective behind bitingly irreverent content such as the $3,000 holy water-filled Nikes, a cursing dog collar and, now, Boomer Email — intends to reveal that which makes the younger generations most fearful for our future: that the ruling class, those age 50 and up, may have no idea how to use the internet.

‘Boomers on the right and the left are media-poisoned and stewing in a noxious cocktail of internet dregs.’

And, worse yet, are using it to spread false or damaging information.

“Boomers on the right and the left are media-poisoned and stewing in a noxious cocktail of internet dregs, the likes of which we savvy youth will never see,” reads the Boomer Email manifesto. “They drown in the froth we have learned to surf.”

“If you want to understand the situation in America … then Boomer Email lets you immerse yourself in the literary and pictorial drivel [that] assails your imaginary, surrogate, and projected parents and grandparents every day,” the website continues.

In some way, MSCHF commends boomers for maintaining a person-to-person social network via email, built over decades, that is at once “invisible, but influential and highly trafficked” and “permeates its demographic with enviable saturation.”

The trouble is, that information is often askew, biased or downright unfounded — which is terrifyingly demonstrated under the “News” and “Politics” sections on the Boomer Email site.

For instance, the subject line “Fwd: FW: Fwd: Fw: Harry S. Truman and MacArthur” leads to a series of messages claimed to have been sent between President Truman and Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur following the end of World War II, describing what it means to be “politically correct.”

“The contents of those four telegrams below are exactly as received at the end of the war — not a word has been added or deleted!” the email reads in imposing bold, red letters. During this alleged exchange, the email writer claims that MacArthur had referred to the Japanese with a racist slur — to which Truman replied with congratulations, and a reminder to be politically correct “with the press.”

When asked to define the term, Truman says, “Political correctness is a doctrine, recently fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and promoted by a sick mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of s - - t by the clean end!”

Historians know Truman never said that. Unfortunately, many don’t think to fact-check their personal emails. And if boomers can’t grasp documented history — which they lived through — with accuracy, it’s easy to understand why MSCHF, along with a majority of their millennial and Gen-Z cohorts, are so anxious about our future.

In January, MSCHF’s CEO Gabriel Whaley told Business Insider, “Our perspective is everything is funny in a nihilistic sort of way.”

“We’re not here to make the world a better place,” he added. “We’re making light of how much everything sucks.”

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