Michaeline: #ThatDress: Or how we see light and words

White dress with lavender scarf . . . right? (Or is it a gray dress with a pink scarf? Or a blue dress with purple scarf? Or . . . ?) Via Wikimedia Commons

White dress with lavender scarf . . . right? (Or is it a gray dress with a pink scarf? Or a blue dress with purple scarf? Or . . . ?) Via Wikimedia Commons

Today’s blog post is a result of a smash-up of some critique work I’ve been doing this month, and The Dress controversy that I stumbled upon on Twitter yesterday.

If you haven’t heard, somebody posted a picture of a dress. Some people saw it as blue and black, others saw it as white and gold, and it seems like only a few people saw it like I did: pale blue with a tawdry sort of brown lace trimming. Argument ensued — passionate argument where all parties thought they were right, and were befuddled that others didn’t see things their way. This article on io9 sums up the controversy quite well, I think. (-: They also provide the “right” answer.

But this blogpost isn’t about the “right” answer – it’s about what people saw. Continue reading