Sunday, April 05, 2009

April Fools' Day was certainly not without the traditional chicanery. Some were successful, while others' creativity was just sub-par. Being on the Fooled end of the jokes is rather mortifying.

April Fools' jokes for which apparently Gullible-ized Me fell:

  • A friend of an ex-coworker being comatose from a car accident

  • A friend's announcement of engagement on Facebook (a common, seemingly synchronized prank by every heterosexual, unmarried male on Facebook)

None of the April Fools' jokes to which I was cyberly subjected were nearly as creative as this one, which so happened to be found in a link from a status of a Facebook friend:

The Much Cooler April Fools' prank.

Remind me to start delving into these finer recipes once I successfully exit this cesspit of a place, which I vow to be for good this time (especially since it is snowing, SNOWING, on April 5th). Finding suitable men may be a problem.

Did the April Fools' jokes die on the 1st of April? Certainly not...nor was said chicanery indulged in solely by Americans. For example, I'm sure that all at Taipei News are still up in LOLs at the influx of gullible international readers of their news (apparently this is tradition for Taiwan on April Fools' Day): i.e. China did NOT once again slight Taiwan. Many intuited that it was, indeed, an April Fools' Day joke, but who would say that China would not concoct some equally--if not surpassingly--duplicitous gesture?

This is not to say that Taiwan is devoid of corruption. Spotlight on: Chen Shui-Bian- former president of Taiwan, pro-Taiwan (so, part of the Democratic Progressive Party) the judgment chair for purported bribery and embezzlement. Apparently his wife was the culprit and the Kuomintang (the Chinese-based, Taiwan-headquartered political party), with the help of the current President (affiliated with the Kuomintang) is trying to undermine the former president and collaterally the Democratic Progressive Party. While Taiwan is trying to achieve independence and democracy, letting former president Chen walk freely would serve as a forceful blow to Democracy's balls.

Speaking of democracy--or the lack thereof--the New York Times highlights the perceived impasse between the powers that be and the plebes of Facebook, in which a confidant of founder Mark Zuckerberg, who is also the products director, said in an interview:

“It’s not a democracy ... we are here to build an Internet medium for communicating and we think we have enough perspective to do that and be caretakers of that vision.”

If more than 200 people had read this article, imagine the curtailment of bitching that would have ensued. Or the unleashed deluge of it. Either way, there you have it. Facebook is not a democracy. In this Cold War between Myspace and Facebook, I just might have to venture to Myspace more has been almost a year-and-a-half after all.

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