The front page of Thursday’s Daily News brought us the earth-shattering news that Beyoncé was having lunch earlier in the week in Los Angeles with a shirt tied around her midsection and (gasp!) no brassiere.
The next day brought us the burning question of whether some dress was either black and blue, or gold and white. Now I’d like to believe that most of us past the age of, say, six or seven, know that an object can appear to be different colors depending on how it’s lighted. Nevertheless, it was a matter for heated discussion, to the point where they spent almost as much time on the local and network TV news talking about ‘the dress’ as the weather.
Why, oh why, is this news? As long as Beyoncé isn’t walking naked down Fifth Avenue, I really, really, really don’t care what she wears to lunch. And if it’s now a revelation to the vast majority that one can change the appearance of an object by lighting it differently, perhaps the real news is that the vast majority has gotten really, really stupid.
Meanwhile, there is real news out there:
- After weeks of tough rhetoric, the Syriza government in Greece began negotiations with the bankers, and promptly caved. There was an agreement for another four months of bailouts, with ‘reforms’ to be named later.
- Late Friday night, Republicans and Democrats came to an agreement to fund the Department of Homeland Security for another week. The Republicans don’t want to fund the President’s executive actions to address illegal immigration; meanwhile, the Administration has acquired five million new residency cards to be issued to those who would be former illegals, and tied funding for this effort to funding for the rest of the Department of Homeland Security.
- The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to regulate Internet service providers in the name of ‘net neutrality.’ I’ve written about this subject before, and at the time, I thought there was some justification for regulation, although I wasn’t sure it was the right idea. But now we’re told that there are 322 pages of rules, drafted in secret, that will be released for comment sometime in May, and these rules not only relate to Internet communication (processing and forwarding packets) but also content. I guess if it’s posted on the Internet, it isn’t actually ‘speech,’ which involves the movement of air over someone’s vocal cords, and it isn’t actually the ‘press,’ as no ink or paper is involved. We’ll find out.
But these items were only mentioned briefly in the news. Clearly, Beyoncé’s lunch and the multicolored dress were more important.