Sometimes when social elitism and technology come together, it yields disastrous results. Like the $1,000 "I Am Rich" iPhone app that basically just put an icon on your iPhone that let the world knew you were an idiot for dropping a grand on a little jpeg.
But there's an even bigger failure that melds the use of our modern consumer technology with people's desires to live extravagant lifestyles.
And that is the train wreck that is the Fyre Festival. Twitter user Iron Spike breaks down the madness that was supposed to be a "premium" party experience.
I just Googled"Fyre Festival" and I can't stop fucking laughing.— Iron Spike (@Iron_Spike) April 28, 2017
Oh, Jesus. If you live for train wrecks, STRAP THE FUCK IN.
Sounds like a wealthy partygoer's paradise, right?
But there were signs well before the truth came out that this party wasn't what it seemed.
Then once people started arriving, the truth came out: the Fyre Festival was actually a Dumpster Fyre.
That's right, the "luxury" cabanas guests paid thousands of dollars to stay in were relief tents, you know, the ones used for refugees?
The food situation was equally bad. This was what you got for paying extra for a catered "meal."
It was obvious to everyone who showed up that this thing was doomed from the start.
Festival -goers were horrified by what they found when they came to the island.
It became a full-blow disaster.
The Fyre Festival stories on social media are just sad. As one Twitter user put, it's "like watching dreams die in vertical video." I can't think of any way to put it any better.
While on the island, partygoers found a notebook which revealed that Fyre Festival was pretty much doomed from the start.
Pages from the book prove that two weeks before the festival, permits weren't set and most preliminary work wasn't done.
It looks like it was all being developed by one Tom Haverford-esque dude who had delusions of grandeur but zero know-how.
Fyre Festival's twitter account shows just how much of a crapshoot the entire event was.
Within a span of 5 hours the festival planner(s) went from, "we're gonna fix it" to "we've got to cancel and refund everyone."
GUEST ON SITE: Working to comfortably accommodate needs. If you need, please head to main site/blue house. Security, first aid, + staff 24/7— Fyre Festival (@fyrefestival) April 28, 2017
GUEST W/ PENDING TRAVEL— Fyre Festival (@fyrefestival) April 28, 2017
Due to circumstances beyond our control, inbound flights have been canceled. We're working to refund your ticket
We will provide regular updates and news via email to guest and our official social media channels as they come— Fyre Festival (@fyrefestival) April 28, 2017
Due to unforeseen and extenuating circumstances, Fyre Festival has been fully postponed (con't)— Fyre Festival (@fyrefestival) April 28, 2017
After assessing the situation this morning and looking at best options for our guests, we cannot move forward as we hoped we could (con't)— Fyre Festival (@fyrefestival) April 28, 2017
At this time, we are working tirelessly to get flights scheduled and get all travelers home safely— Fyre Festival (@fyrefestival) April 28, 2017
I just feel bad for the poor kids who wanted to be a part of something cool and blew all their time and savings on what ended up being a disaster.
But it's hard to be too sympathetic.