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Friday, February 16, 2018

Say Yes to #TheDress

OSHEthedressOIt was just a typical Wednesday evening when soon enough, a simple debate broke the internet. A low quality photo of a dress was posted on Tumblr by user swiked. Thanks to BuzzFeed and the human love for arguing, the picture went viral and was a topic of conversation internationally. All social media platforms were covered in re-posts and re-tweets, especially Twitter with the hashtag, #TheDress still being used with vigor the following Monday. And what was this debate all about, you may ask? A disagreement over whether the dress was white and gold, or black and blue, was what broke the internet.

Just one BuzzFeed post ended up with over 38 million views. Way too many memes were created. One man in Texas got a tattoo of the dress on his leg. The dress sold out online in hours. Celebrities like Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, and Kim Kardashian weighed in with their opinions. Quizzes were made, my favorite telling me that because of my Zodiac sign, I must see white and gold. Another article explained that if I saw white and gold, then I probably have a brain tumor, and another one said that I saw those colors because of my emotions at the time of viewing.

The actual dress shown in the photo is in fact black and blue in person. The reason why it could seem like the dress is white and gold, is because of the lighting in the background. Basically, our brains are trying to interpret the color as best as possible, so they either mentally make the dress darker to compensate for the light in the back, or simply accept the lighting, in which they would see white and gold.

Colors are simply different forms of lightwaves that humans have assigned names to. It is impossible to actually explain what a color looks like. One may have grown up being told that the color you define as red is actually the color you define as yellow. Because of this, the whole argument over the color of the dress is honestly a waste of time.

I’ll admit that I was fully engrossed in the debate over this dress. It is quite a disappointment, though, that our world went crazy over the color of a fabric, but most didn’t even realize that the day the dress was posted was also the same day in 1984 when hundreds were killed in an explosion in Brazil, or that the day after was the anniversary of the murder of Trayvon Martin.

Maybe we should be saying no to this dress.

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