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The Ultimate April Fool’s Day Mixtape

The best – and by “best” I mean “most convincing” – prank I ever pulled on April Fool’s Day was convincing my girlfriend (long since an ex-girlfriend) that someone had rear-ended her car while I was driving it. And by “most convincing” I mean that she was convinced the story was true – regardless of how ham-fisted my execution of the prank happened to be. I’m no good at bullshitting people – I always end up cracking and only the most gullible will fall prey to my machinations. I’m certain that Sadia knew it was April Fool’s Day – we had talked about it that very morning. And I was probably giggling when I told her the “news” over the phone. But unfortunately for her (and for me, as it turned out), she believed me. She ended up falling so hard for it that she started crying. My frantic reassurances that everything was okay eventually mollified her, but the damage had been done. It certainly wasn’t the reason we broke up (my leaving the country …

The Bigger Picture: Film and the Age of Facebook

We live in a self-absorbed culture. Everything we do is shared through blogs, status updates, and tweets. Now that people have the Internet on their phones, nobody is more than a second away from an update. Yet, in this age of instantaneous content, cinema is still going strong. Hollywood has panicked a bit in the last few years. For a time, box office numbers took a dive, and they began to blame their troubles on piracy. First, let’s discuss that logic. The entertainment industry always labels pirated works as “lost sales.” That’s not quite true. It’s difficult to predict whether the people who watch pirated movies would have actually paid for that work in the first place. People who use cracked software generally do so out of necessity, and how can the software industry really justify the prices they charge? None of what I say is the equivocal truth, but then again, neither is the industry’s complaint of “lost sales.” I don’t even know where to look for ripped movies. The people who do it, …