CNN: Baby Elon Musk, rapping Kim Kardashian: Welcome to the world of silly deepfakes. “By day, Paul Shales is a computer programmer who works in advertising operations for a bank. By night, he’s creating videos that show Elon Musk as a creepy looking, giggly baby; President Donald Trump as a temperamental pageant contestant on ‘Toddlers & Tiaras;’ and Kim Kardashian freestyle rapping.”
CNET: This Cat is Chonky: The fat-cat online shrine lifting humans from despair. “I’m standing at my desk working. Archer, a 10-pound bundle of sass and midnight fur, sits behind me on a stool, a single claw plunging repeatedly into the elbow of my sweater: ‘Pay attention to me!’ Archer knows I’m looking at other cats. He just knows.”
Mashable: Welcome to ‘Deep Bookstagram,’ where dark, book-based comedy thrives . “Instagram has always been a safe haven for book lovers, a place where people can show off their private libraries full of white oak bookshelves, novels organized by color, aloe plants, and inspirational coffee mugs. But there’s a deeper, stranger, and far murkier part of book Instagram, known colloquially as ‘Bookstagram.'”
BBC: How social media is changing comedy. “Social media is now the go-to platform to showcase everything we do, and comedians have been quick to use it to promote their work. Whether it’s with pranks, sketches or jokes, making your audience laugh is one of the easiest ways to go viral. But can traditional stand-up comedy survive in the new comedy climate?”
BuzzFeed News: Here Are The April Fools’ Jokes That Were Particularly Cruel This Year. “Unless you’re a corporation or a cop with the cop password to your cop social media account, April Fools’ Day is something to be dreaded. This year, however, the day really outdid itself. Not only have big brands shared the usual cast of fake products, fake events, and troll-y food combinations, they’ve also pranked us with ideas that could, and should, exist.” If something is supposed to be an April Fool joke, and you announce it on March 29, that’s stupid.
Houston Chronicle: No AI in humor: R2-D2 walks into a bar, doesn’t get the joke. “Linguists and computer scientists say this is something to consider on April Fools’ Day: Humor is what makes humans special. When people try to teach machines what’s funny, the results are at times laughable but not in the way intended.”
The Silhouette: McMaster alumna promotes STEM satire through new website. “After completing an undergraduate degree in chemistry and masters in chemical engineering at McMaster University, Lexa Graham embarked on a new path. She performed in stand-up comedy shows and wrote for satire sites like The Onion and CBC Comedy. After identifying a gap in the market for satirical science content, she launched [DNAtured] on Feb. 21.” Like The Onion, but for STEM topics. I liked it.