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What that Black and Blue (or White and Gold) Dress Teaches us about our Over-Privileged Lives (Hint: It’s not what You Think)

Harlem Trash Ioan Sameli (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Harlem Trash
Ioan Sameli (CC BY-SA 2.0)

  1.  I’m sure that many (most?) Disinfonauts are familiar with this irrationally infamous Black and Blue dress. It was all over the interwebz for several days last week, to an extent that it was basically the only thing one could read about in certain corners of it. I’m sure many of you thought it was a waste of time. A trifling and trivial thing to devote so much energy on.

There are certainly a number of valid reasons for feeling as much. But I didn’t. I found the whole thing fascinating. Legitimately so. The situation roused a certain wonder within me that I don’t feel near enough these days. I found it incredible that people could look at the same exact picture and see two so wildly distinct and divergent things. Moreover, it was stupefying that most people saw the dress as white and gold when its real color was the less common sight of black and blue.… Read the rest

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In Defense of Apathy, or: How to be an un-American

By Britt-knee via Flickr.

By Britt-knee via Flickr.

The American people have, rightfully, been identified as an intolerable bunch. We fucking hate each other. That’s not even an exaggeration. I’m surprised any of us even have friends. Even if you are ostensibly a highly likeable chum, an American will find reasons to hate you. There are probably hundreds of people who are thinking up ways to hate you right now. Yes, You, the person reading this article. Right now there’s an American somewhere who’s hating you because of the color of your skin, your choice of religion (or lack thereof), your sex or gender, your political ideology, your region of birth, the brand of truck you drive, your favorite football team, your choice of diet, or, hell, if they’re lucky, all of the above, and then some. There’s probably at least a couple of Americans out there right now who have absolutely no reason to like you… and they’re giddy as hell about it.… Read the rest

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