互联网毁掉了愚人节

在以前的岁月里,每到愚人节我们都非常的兴奋,期待整别人或者更变态一点,希望被别人整,和好朋友开一个愚人节玩笑,给枯燥的生活增添一点乐趣。然而,慢慢的,我们发现,在愚人节的时候我们越来越乐不起来了,虽然大家仍然在努力制造愚乐。这罪魁祸首,就是互联网。
过去很多经典的整人方式,在互联网上都显得十分弱智,在别人刁难我们的时候,我们只需要点击一下谷歌,那么他的骗局就会被轻易解开,而结局就是大家都感到索然无味。
现在,我们每天都在登陆Facebook、twitter、人人网、微博,和朋友互动,我们可以随便发一个状态和日志,说我怀孕了、我定亲了或者我得了癌症,都会引来朋友的大吃一惊。现在无需等到愚人节,每天都是愚人节。
还有一个情况是,我们越来越宅了,我们更喜欢在互联网上互开玩笑,而在现实中,却显得那么拘束。
我们越来越喜欢在互联网上过节,发个状态或者日志就代表我们过节了。也许,这就是我们一直抱怨过节越来越无聊的原因,因为你已经远离了现实生活。

  It’s hard to tell if the Wikipedia article on April Fools’ Day is itself an April Fools’ prank. Tidbits of the ubiquitous holiday’s history seem like jokes in and of themselves;

“In France and Italy, children and adults traditionally tack paper fish on each other’s back as a trick and shout “april fish!” in their local language (“poisson d’avril!” and “pesce d’aprile!” in French and Italian respectively).”

And this brings me to my point; The Internet has killed April Fools’. Back in the day you used to be able to tell your friends you were engaged, pregnant or had Cancer without them gushing all over your Facebook page or Twitter and immediately freaking out people who you didn’t want to prank, like your family.

April Fools’ jokes also used to be less saturated and thus harder to catch: People have been perpetuating the “Washing of the Lions” prank (tricking people into arriving places to see a free washing of lions, sort of the trick precursor of a flash mob) from the 17th to the 19th centuries. One reason it won’t proliferate on April 1st in the 21st is that any time you see an ad for a “free lion washing” — bear with me, this is a metaphor — you’re likely to either a) Google “lion washing” and realize it’s a well-worn stunt or b) already be immune to the joke because your April Fool-dar is on Orange alert.

Nowadays the Internet bombards you with jokes earlier and earlier, In order to avoid being suspected, the most savvy pranksters used to pull out their efforts March 31st; Now it’s March 30th. I’m pretty sure the fooling will end up bleeding into April 2nd. And every site and their mother has to participate, straining themselves to be funny when it’s clear they are not. Most April Fools’ jokes are more “har har” than “ROFL” anyways, BUT especially when their powers are combined.

The worst thing about April Fools’ is that you get to see how tragically unfunny everyone is.

So what’s a genuinely humorous person to do come the first of April (not saying that I am one or anything)? Well keep in mind that the most truly funny pranks are still pulled off in real life, like when you change the background image on someone’s desktop, hide all their files and watch as they click their screen furiously, bemused. That never gets old.

Or like when our Admin Greg wrote in my calendar that I had a panel at 2:45 at Fort Mason today, to talk about startups with Robert Scoble. So I put on work clothes and took a taxi down there on a Sunday to pontificate about tech media and startups, only be told that there was an Opera going on instead of a startup conference. Turns out the Scoble panel is actually on April 2nd! Oh, that was just a mistake? Still, best inadvertent April Fools’ joke ever.

Real life pranks have yet to be overkilled, mostly because humans are lazy and too busy to actually put some elbow grease into them. So the next time you want to inflict your stale humor on someone come the beginning of Spring, think of the immortal words of George W. Bush, “Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.”

文章名称:The Internet Has Killed April Fools’
文章来源:TechCrunch
文章作者:ALEXIA TSOTSIS
文章链接:http://techcrunch.com/2012/04/01/syn-march-bigan-thritty-dayes-and-two/


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