Sunday, 12 June 2016

Art of the Prank

Audiences will laugh out loud a lot while watching Art of the Prank. At the very least, every journalist should watch this documentary, which shows how frighteningly malleable the media can be. Art of the Prank tells the story of notorious artist and activist Joey Skaggs, who over the decades has continued to dupe reputable media outlets into reporting complete nonsense, including a celebrity sperm bank and a cathouse for dogs. The film chronicles his previous pranks while following him on a journey to complete his biggest hoax yet. It pokes fun at people's stupidity and naivety, but also holds a mirror up to journalists and their ethics, leaving an important and thought-provoking message. Of course, the film is also very one-sided, but that is not surprising given its subject matter. 

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