April Fools Day has this year reached the game theory inflection point where it is no longer useful or funny. I say this because I was fooled by exactly zero April Fools’ pranks this year, and I would say I’m of average credulousness. In a world where outlandish events happen daily, April Fools should always be able to prey on that presumption, but this year, it didn’t deliver.
A good guide: government officials are not funny; this year they proved it with an April Fools piece of legislation. Google, which previously had some funny pranks, had one that was more meta than anything else and zzzzz…..The genre has become as ossified as the romantic comedy: take our trust, and tweak it—either by an outrageous loss, an exotic innovation, or just something goofy. Let’s all calm down…so I can get back to being believed when I try April Fools jokes.