Friday, February 27, 2015

Red, White and Blue

Last night I was sitting at a deli eating a delicious sandwich when a man walked into the shop and up to the counter. The cashier was delivering an order to a mother and her two ruckus children and had not seen the new patron. The two sandwich makers were busy grinding through orders and also didn’t notice the man at the counter. He stood there, staring angrily at the girl making sandwiches for about 10 seconds. When she noticed him she said "hello," and informed him the cashier would be right back to take the order.
“Too late!” The man barked at the girl, before storming out of the deli in a tantrum.
Little did that man, or anyone else is that deli including myself, know that much more important things were happening at that very moment in the world. A debate had rounded the globe in a time frame that few events short of the death of Bin Laden have managed to achieve.
Blue & black or white & gold? The world was captivated by a dress that appear one way to some people and completely different to others. It’s hard to say why the interwebs were so taken aback by this optical illusion, but in the few hours I had stepped away from the internet it had taken over.
In case you care I can only see White and Gold and have no idea how anyone sees anything differently. 
Facebook walls were smeared in pictures of the dress in question, along with hashtags ‪#‎TeamBlueandBlack‬ ‪#‎TeamWhiteandGold‬. It was another viral sensation that had little explanation but had already leaked into the mainstream media and seemed to be the only thing on anyones mind, save for black and white llamas.
I actually am sad I missed this story when it was happening live. Stupid work always getting in the way of fun! (video)
But something else stuck out to me. The swell of anger and resentment towards the dress. Somehow hating the idea of the optical illusion that most seemed amused by became its own cult, ‪#‎TeamWhoCares‬. Why was such apathy touted so vehemently. A lot of people don’t care that Kendal Jenner bought a $2.3million house, or which football team has the most sexual assault cases outstanding, but few step up to express their apathy. Soon my feed went from simple fun of people enjoying a silly moment with friends, family and strangers around the country and world to a series of anger fueled comments about how annoying the whole thing was.
People spouting off about how there are more important things to care about in the world, as if the 30 seconds an individual spent looking at and posting about a dress would have been used to cure the worlds ailments.Why can’t we just allow the world to have a little fun, to all join together in a moment, a joke with no victims and nothing to take offense to? Why must we go out of our way to be spoil sports simply because we had to see a picture of a dress 7 times on our newsfeed or because we had to wait 10 seconds for a guy to take our sandwich order?

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