Today is the day many pranksters plan for; they go to elaborate lengths to pull off equally elaborate hoaxes on their family, friends and co-workers. Newspapers, radio, television and even new media all have a go at fooling the public on this one day.
But what is the point of all this rakishness? How does it benefit anyone? Is it meant to divert us from our daily routine? Does it serve to impart a sense of awareness of the pitfalls of trusting everything in our daily lives? Will it teach us to question the truthfulness of the media?
And what about the nature of the pranks? Most will be harmless enough and many more will be lame, but some will be spiteful, even harmful to their victims. Such behaviour is to be considered intolerable. It’s one thing to put sugar in the salt shaker, but it’s downright cruel to tell someone of a death of a relative of theirs when no one has died.
If we keep our wits about us, it is most entertaining to watch the attempts to make us fools or to watch others become fools. We need not actively participate in the hoaxes to find them enjoyable. But seeing those we know to be fools all year round acting the fool on this one day is hardly as amusing as it sounds. It is the same entertainment we can find on a certain cable news channel. So, again, what’s the point?
Perhaps the point is to show who isn’t fooled by all the foolishness of the day. Perhaps it is a chance to find solace in knowing that there is still hope for humanity; that in spite of so many people being so dumb, there are people out there looking out for them when not having a little fun at their expense. If you are in that skeptical minority, capable of intelligent reasoning, not easily swayed by the braying of the media (new and old), then find a fellow of like mind, hit the pub and raise a glass of beer in celebration.