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Who let the hipsters onto the net?
Okay, so I've been enjoying my usual April Fool's Day evening, hopping around various sites and giggling at the fake news, fake promos, fake products and fake marketing.  As someone who loathes practical jokes, I adore the new face of April Fool's Day; I look forward to midnight on March 30th, when I can see what Google is doing this year.  Now that it's become a regular Thing, I have the pleasure of finding lists of Best of the Web, since I'm certainly not likely to find nearly as much good stuff on my own.

So . . . this year, practically every site with a Best Jokes list has been compiled by someone spouting some version of "Jeez, this stuff is so lame, I can't believe anyone still does this crap, when can I stop compiling this list?  I am sooo eyerolling over here.  Why do these companies think they're fuuuuuny?  Like I wanted to watch all these vids, save me from these pathetic attempts at humour, brands should never try to be funny, sooo over this."

Excuse me?

Would you prefer fart jokes?  How about thinly-disguised abuse with a racist/sexist/homophobic overtone?  What will meet your exacting standards for humour?

True, some attempts are better than others, some are hilarious, others are lame.  Many are predictable.  Yes, there sure is a lot of it going on.  Yes, some of these offerings are from companies that suck.  Yes, they're taking a lot of potshots at self-absorbed hipsters and gearheads.  (Hey, maybe that's why you aren't enjoying the jokes this time around.)  Yes, some of it's being done by PR and marketing departments who hope to catch the world's attention.  Honestly?  If they want to try to get my attention by making fun of themselves, that's fine with me.  At worst, I'll shrug instead of laughing, and go giggle at yet another product for cats, or silly variation on a dating site, or idiotic gadget for taking selfies.

There's a Texas bureaucrat who's saying rude things about Comic Sans -- yes, obvious, but hell, it's a Texas bureaucrat doing it!  There's a politician lobbying against bills with horrible acronymic names!  Goodreads will find your perfect mate by comparing bookshelves, Google is launching a cloud platform using actual clouds, and Airbnb is apologising for the glitch that has been allowing people to book (and take) trips through time.

Yo, hipsters -- if you don't like being paid to surf the internet on April 1st and collect links to jokes, do feel free to stay home with the blankets pulled over your head.  (Google's new Dial-Up Services will make certain you miss all the action.)  I'll take your place.  This is always a rough day for me -- it's the first day of the quarter, work is crazy, there's often other crap going on, and holy moly am I glad for the vast amounts of harmless, ridiculous, and sometimes hilarious folly going on.

Meanwhile, I had a lovely evening, and it's a real pity you didn't have fun too.  I wasted far too much time today on xkcd (aka xkcloud), and I'm in a splendid mood.  Also, a shopping site I'd never heard of has informed me that MacGyver bought one of their USB drives, and that alone was worth the trip.

*nods* April Fool's Day on the internet is fun. I tend to avoid the fake stuff in general (except Google and ThinkGeek), but even though most of my celebration today has involved super-gentle stuff like forums switching their fonts to Comic Sans or putting silly hats on all the userpics, it's still... it reminds me of Talk Like A Pirate Day, how it's this little celebration of goofy nonsense.

And of course, copperbadge always links the Broken Penis (Not Mine) story, and I always put up that one poem, and it just... there are traditions, right? It's cool. :D

Exactly. So damned much humour is so horribly mean-spirited; as far as I'm concerned, the only thing worse than the last practical "joke" that was played on me was the fact that the prankster, who up until that day had been a good friend with whom I would literally have trusted my life and soul, did not understand why I could possibly be upset over sudden public humiliation based on complete violation of trust, because JOKE right.

So it's been a real delight watching April Fool's get reinvented in this manner. Even the lame attempts were at least attempts, and the good ones were brilliant. And Ravelry gave me a sweet little crown for the day. *waves regally* I had lovely happy dreams last night.

BTW, if you didn't see it: possibly the best of all was CERN announcing that it had discovered the Force. The announcement is probably still up and findable.

I love you for this post.

Gods...I never did understand: if it is worth the effort of complaining, it is also worth the effort of finding something else to do with your time.

I only have one question...when did hipsters 'rediscover' the Net? I thought it was 'too modern' or something. *CACKLES*

Well, these are presumed hipsters who work for various news or culture or whatever sites, from CNN to Mashable -- basically, journalists doing the online April 1 beat, which is apparently a great trial and trauma, and requires neither a sense of humour nor any level of professionalism.

Frigging cry-babies, ugh. Hey, they're getting PAID. They need to stop being asses about it. S'not like their bosses demand they work for 24 hours without a break. Now THERE is a reason to cry.

Professionalism. What IS that anymore? Like Work, Professionalism seems to be a 'bad word' nowadays. UGH. *Is obviously old and grouchy*



Re: Agreed

*g* Thanks!

Also: hello, unfamiliar person! I'm delighted to get a comment from a passer-by. How did you end up here?

Re: Agreed

Saw your post on the home page :) enjoyed reading!

I missed all the April fool's this year! The Goodreads dating would have been good if it was true, humph.

Some of it's still online, just not on the front pages of sites. A lot of it went out on Twitter -- the round-up lists are really the only way to find a lot of the stuff, which is why I got so cranky when the journalists compiling the round-up lists started whining.

The Guardian ran one yesterday about Jeremy Clarkson having learned his lesson and going to be nice to people and green in future. Needless to say... April Fool! Sadly.

Sadly indeed!

People who take themselves too seriously just...don't get the point, I guess! :)

Yeah, it's probably a good idea to try to assign the humour beat to someone with a sense of humour that can be detected without specialized equipment.

I had MISSED that one!! *whoops*

It made me giggle and giggle. I mean, but how do you demonstrate that Air and Space isn't exhibiting an invisible jet? Could be true!