Why that fake Amazon blimp video struck a chord

Amazon fake blimp

A computer-generated Amazon airship and its drones got April Fools’ attention. (Zozi009 via Twitter)

A video clip showing a drone-dispatching airship emblazoned with the Amazon logo is a powerful contender for April Fool’s joke of the year — and what makes it so powerful is that it comes close to a kind of truth.

So close that some took it as a serious sign of the dystopian retail age we’re living in.

Eventually, the truth was sorted out — with Snopes.com stepping in to help set things straight.

It all started on a Japanese Twitter account, Zozi009, which features a video production artist’s CGI wizardry — or deviltry. The artist created 3-D renderings of an airship based on the design for Lockheed Martin’s P-791 hybrid prototype, slapped on the Amazon logo, and added the imagery to the background video.

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