A Dress of a Different Color

By Kylie Hargrave

Elm Staff Writer


Is the dress blue and black? White and gold? Or is it even blue and gold? You probably know exactly what I’m talking about, and you probably have a pretty set opinion on the subject. I really don’t need to explain what dress is being referred to, most everyone has heard about the blue and black/white and gold dress that infiltrated social networking over the last few weeks. It took only about an hour for everyone and their mother to be talking about it when the dress first appeared. It got so bad that at one point I thought I would simply explode if I heard the question “What color is this dress?” one more time. It was crazy to me how quickly something as small as a dress became such a frontal focus so quickly, so that everyone knew about it and was talking about it.

What concerns and interests me is how we can all so easily become enchanted, enraged, and passionate about an article of clothing yet hardly any of us are fully aware of or passionate about current world events. The dress quickly became a trending topic on most social networking sites, yet we never really hear about things such as the more than 200,000 lives lost in the Syrian civil war that’s still going on today. We can become so intensely passionate about the color of a fabric, but we don’t talk about the human rights violations and violence of ISIS nearly as much. Even topics that once raged at the forefront of media and social networking, such as Ferguson, MO, fade into the background with time. At first, the shooting of Michael Brown was talked about everywhere, but even though protests are still going strong today, it’s fallen into the background, overtaken by more important things like a picture of a dress with color-confused lighting.

Of course things like the color of the elusive dress are interesting and mind-bending but perhaps its time for us to take on the responsibility of educating ourselves on what’s going on in the world around us and becoming active members of society for the betterment of our world. Imagine if things like Ferguson, the Syrian civil war, and ISIS were talked about as much as the blue and black/white and gold dress was. By talking about situations, people are prompted to educate themselves and join in the conversation that could help lead to a unified effort to improve negative situations occurring all around us.

We learn about history in our classrooms, yet we fail to keep ourselves in-touch with the history happening around us every day. Social networking and the internet are powerful tools to spread the word and get people passionate about something, which is clearly visible by the dress sensation. Maybe it’s time to begin a worldly conscious revolution in our generation where world important topics become more heavily trending on twitter than a rather inconsequential dress of questionable color.

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