This was the year that was
Bits and bytes from the online world
This phenomenon emerged in February: A picture of a dress was posted to Tumblr with a caption asking what color it was.Very quickly, the question sparked a debate that spread Internet-wide. Some people said that the dress was blue and black, while others argued it was white and gold. Within days, several news sites published articles on the issue, which was also addressed by several celebrities, such as Ellen DeGeneres.
On Facebook,Twitter and Instagram, the hashtag appeared and very quickly booked millions of postings.
Let’s answer the question about why the dress appears differently to different people. is actually black and blue.
The reason why some perceive it differently is due to the concept of color constancy.
Everyday we are faced with changes in the color of the light illuminating our surroundings.
The reason why people may have seen a completely different color for the dress is because the picture does not give many clues on the light inside the room where it was taken.
If the photograph provided that information, we could then identify if the background was bright and the dress was in shadow - or if the room was bright and the colors of the dress were washed out.
The dress was later found available for purchase via UK-based online retailer Roman Originals, where it was described as “royal blue”.
Nicki Minaj VS. Taylor Swift
The MTV Video Music Awards 2015 sparked drama after the release of nominations. When Nicki Minaj found out her video “Anaconda” didn’t get nominated for Video of the Year, the rapper took to Twitter to express her disappointment – and to criticize the music industry Black artists.
Minaj said: “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year”.
Taylor Swift, whose video “Bad Blood” was nominated for the award, took it personally and replied on Twitter.
Minaj seemed taken aback, claiming she was not referring to Swift at all, going to Instagram, with a post with a caption that read: “Nothing to do with any of the women, but everything to do with a system that doesn’t credit [B]lack women for their contributions to pop culture as freely/quickly as they reward others”.
Swift apologized to Minaj and admitted she misunderstood and misspoke. The two superstars put the feud behind them when they opened the MTV VMAs this year together, hand-in-hand wearing between them!
Instafamous Teen Makes a Statement
Nineteen-year-old Australian Essena O’Neill raised issues about the reality behind social media when she “quit” as a socmed star.
With over 500,000 followers on Instagram and more than 250,000 subscribers on YouTube, she deleted much of the content from her accounts, setting up a website to encourage people to live free of social media, saying that “social media is a lie”.
The successful blogger said that she was discontent with earning money by working with retailers that had her endorse their products by promoting them on her accounts.
O’Neill told her followers that she had been posting a fabricated life that she did not live.
She revealed this herself and deleted her Instagram account, but not before editing the captions of old photos to expose the true nature behind her “perfect” shots.
“Without realizing, I’ve spent a majority of my teenage life being addicted to social approval… Social media, especially how I used it, isn’t real,” O’Neill wrote.
After making global news, O’Neill was looked at as someone brave, since social approval is an overlooked issue, especially for young teenagers. However, others think O’Neill managed the situation poorly. Lauren Giraldo, 17 years old with around 4.4 million followers across Instagram and Twitter, wrote an open letter to O’Neill.
Both led similar lives, as both relied on social media. Giraldo wrote that she related to the pressure O’Neill faced, but did not see why O’Neill’s bad experience with social media should affect everyone else’s.
Just because O’Neill was posting a fake life, doesn’t mean everyone else was, too.
In her letter, Giraldo admitted to spending countless hours editing and having mini photo-shoots just for Instagram, but highlights the fact that she has fun doing so.
“I have always used social media in the same ways my friends do: [to] entertain my friends and family and show my life and personality,” says Giraldo.
She believes that O’Neill’s argument cannot be valid because everyone has the same access to social media.“It’s what we do with
and Kalimantan this year have been the worst in Indonesian history.
At least 19 people have died and tens of thousands have been hospitalized due to severe respiratory illnesses caused by the haze, which has also spread to neighboring countries, including Singapore.
is man-made, related to land clearings following the opening of oil palm and pulp wood plantations.
Dry conditions from this year’s El Niño/Southern Oscillation weather pattern have also worsened the problem.
The catastrophe will not stop until the government implements a strict rules.Traders and customers must also work together to ban corporations that buy wood and palm oil products that is not harvested sustainably.
The war in Syria has been going on for years, resulting many of its citizens
However, it was only in 2015 that nations in Europe opened their eyes
According to the data provided by the UNHCR, most of the Syrian place to live and work.
A similar situation happened in Aceh this year, when an estimated 25,000 Rohingya from Myanmar arrived in the region after embarking on a deadly sea voyage. The Rohingya are one of the world’s most persecuted Muslim people. In a predominantly Buddhist nation, these people faced daily fears of attacked by Buddhist extremists.
Malaysia and Indonesia have made a deal that they will no longer turn back the boats and will provide temporary refuge to the Rohingya – as long as the international community contributes to resolving the crisis.
Love Conquers All
In June, the US Supreme Court issued a ruling that guaranteeing same-sex marriage rights.The decision is the culmination of two decades of litigation over marriage and gay rights in general.
Although the ruling has no legal force outside the US, LGBT activists in many parts of the world, including Indonesia, believe it will help their cause. “I feel like it’s a victory for me and my fellow peace-loving friends. I feel like I’m being protected by the international community [....] The ruling is a green light for countries’ struggles to uphold the rights of LGBT people to marry,” said Hartoyo, the director of Suara Kita (Our Voice), a local LGBT organization, as quoted in .
Even if your knowledge of women’s soccer is limited, you still know of American superstar Alex Morgan.
She played an integral part in the FIFA Women’s World Cup triumph in July that saw her lift the trophy after the US an outstanding pace and incredible awareness with either foot, Morgan is fast becoming the face of women’s soccer. Worldwide popularity also earned Morgan the chance to stand next to Argentina’s Lionel Messi on the cover of the video game woman has been featured in the game.
E-sports are a sport
You must come to terms with e-sports, real sports fans.They are growing rapidly. Big titles like recently awarded the winner of a tournament with an astounding $6 million prize.
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter whether we regard e-sports as such or not – that’s what they are. Players wear jerseys with as many sponsor names as you’ll see on a Formula 1 car.
The US government is also granting athletics visas to video arenas and World Cup stadiums.
Crawling under our radar in recent years, these competitions are ready to take their place on court – or inside the world of video games.
The Curry Family
What’s it like to see a 2-year-old Riley Curry interrupting sports reporters who were asking questions to her MVP father, Stephen Curry of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors? One word: Adorable.
appeared with her dad during a postgame interview and then waved to reporters, hid under the table and told her father to “be quiet.”
She became an overnight hit, continuing to steal the hearts of basketball and non-basketball fans alike. Go check her compilations out over at YouTube.You don’t want to miss the highlights of Riley’s short career so far.
Courage comes with a price
The year 2015 saw Caitlyn Jenner time. The former Olympic athlete previously known as Bruce received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPY Awards, which is transcend sports.
Though her selection was met with resistance by some in sports community, others believe Jenner has had a true impact over the past year. Regardless of people’s opinion on the choice, the Arthur Ashe Award has increasingly become a symbol of acceptance, breaking down cultural barriers within the sports world.
Best Dressed: Sarah Hyland
From street style to red carpet glam, Sarah Hyland is the perfect fashion icon for young girls everywhere.
While most starlets tend to wear age, The actress always opts for a style that is age appropriate – and that is also easy to recreate for the rest of us who don’t have a glam squad. Sarah knows what works best for her shows up looking effortlessly elegant.
The Weeknd & Bella Hadid
The rumor between these two started in May when Abel Tesfaye, a.k.a.The Weeknd, was constantly seen hanging out with Bella Hadid, her sister Gigi and Cody Simpson.
While the couple has been relatively quiet about their relationship, the singer recently opened up to magazine about his relationship with the model, praising her hard work and closeness with her family.
Fave BFFs: Taylor Swift and her squad
To receive an acceptance letter to join in the pop singer’s circle of friends is a #squadgoal for most of us.Taylor Swift’s list of famous friends includes supermodels (Karlie Kloss, Martha Hunt, Gigi Hadid), singers (Lorde, Ellie Goulding, HAIM sisters), actresses (Lena Dunham, Selena Gomez, Serayah) and her cats (Olivia, Meredith).
Taylor regularly updates her more-than-50-million Instagram followers with activities that she does with her girlfriends such as baking, parties and having her friends show up on stage at the singer’s world tour.
Biggest fight: Nicki Minaj vs. Miley Cyrus
All was well between the two pop stars until the night of MTV Video Music Awards 2015.
Days before the event, Miley Cyrus, who was the event’s host, voiced her opinion on Nicki Minaj’s Twitter rant about not getting nominated for video of the year.
During Nicki’s acceptance speech for Best Hip-Hop Video at the awards, she called “Miley, what’s good?”
The entire awkward situation was caught live on camera, including Miley’s stunned reaction.
The camera cut back to Nicki who clearly didn’t see happy despite holding the moon statue in her hand.