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The Internet Ruined April Fool's Day


The Internet Ruined April Fool s Day The Atlantic

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Mostly, though, you can argue against April Fool’s on the grounds that the Internet has divested its jokes from the very thing that used to give them their charm: their low-stakes sense of fun.

It used to be that an April Fool’s joke was, very obviously, an April Fool’s joke. It was not subtle; it was not satirical; it was not mocking. It was a prank, and one nice thing about pranks is that they tend to enjoy announcing themselves: “Gotcha!,” “April Fool’s!,” etc. Today, though, in a culture that finds HuffPost dedicating an entire vertical to “Weird News,” and that finds BuzzFeed writing stories listing “25 People Who Don’t Realize The Onion Isn’t a Real News Source,” and that finds Florida being Florida, April Fool’s jokes are less funny than they used to be precisely because they are now less obviously jokes.

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Basically, it's not worth checking the news on April 1. Thanks, Internet.

How the heck does Florida Man have 261,000 followers on Twitter? https://twitter.com/_floridaman

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