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The Internet Ruined April Fool's Day

The Internet Ruined April Fool s Day The Atlantic


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?

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