You may recall that on April 1st we were involved in a little prank, masterminded by Eric Turkewitz. Although the prank took in the New York Times and, briefly, the Wall Street Journal, the story didn't get really interesting until April 3rd.
I give you the Tragedy of Jack Marshall, a play in nine acts.
II. Jack Marshall, an expert in ethics, enters the fray announcing that an April Fools prank by a lawyer is a violation of professional ethics.
III. Turkewitz responds: Is an April Fools joke an ethical violation?
IV. Marshall ups the ante: J'accuse! (Note a key appearance by our own co-blogger Charles in comments).
V. Not content, Marshall announces that henceforth, there will be ethical standards for April Fools jokes. Jokes that do not adhere to these standards are forbidden.
VIII. A musical interlude about the value of friends.
IX. The chorus weighs in, and the curtain drops.
This is a weird and freaky internet friends, and I have been involved in some weird and freaky things on this internet. But I have never seen anything quite like this drama, which played out over four days in April.
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