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Is “rent-an-abductor” a media prank?

Okay, by now we’ve all seen the stories now about New Yorkers who are paying to have themselves abducted — stories that include the obligatory musing over today’s Xtreme culture, America on the brink, the eroding morals of society, woof woof, meow meow. Coverage began a few months ago, and you know the meme has reached full bloat when Rolling Stone finally gets around to writing about it, with horrified boomer fascination.

Me … I can’t help wondering if this is all one big media prank by Joey Skaggs.

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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