"Let's just do it and be legends, man," a marketing exec for the doomed Fyre Festival reportedly said when it became clear the event was going to be a disaster. And now the lead organiser of that legendarily terrible music festival might be a legend in the clink. Billy McFarland has been charged with wire fraud and faces up to 20 years in prison.
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
On Monday, Daniel Jung, an attendee of the luxury-weekend-turned-Hunger Games train wreck that was the Fyre Festival, launched a $US100 million ($133 million) class action suit against the owners, saying they knowingly charged attendees thousands of dollars to be "stranded on a remote island" with "little more than bread and a slice of cheese". The class action suit names Fyre Media and co-founders Billy McFarland and Ja Rule as defendants, suing them for fraud, misrepresentative advertising and breach of contract.
The distance between expectation and reality makes fools of us all, but it made the well-heeled attendees of an exclusive music festival in the Bahamas look particularly moronic late last week and into the weekend. For tickets that ranged between US$450 and US$1200, the young and rich signed up for passage to the doomed Fyre Festival, hyped for months by millennial supermodels and influencers on social media along with co-founders tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland and rapper turned aspiring mojito mogul Ja Rule.