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The 17 best responses to The Washington Post’s comprehensive llama report

On Thursday, a couple of llamas got loose in Arizona. A llama chase ensued. As The Washington Post does whenever a llama crisis occurs, we dispatched our Llama Emergency Response Team — a group of reporters ready to deploy in just these types of situations — to provide readers with the most comprehensive and detailed report on this breaking news.

Some people enjoyed this idea and the overall llama coverage. Some people did not. Some people just focused on the number of people it takes to report a story of this magnitude. Here is a sampling of responses:

The llama escape was followed, several hours later, by a cultural Ragnarok waged over the color of a dress. This brought out the usual shaming from people appalled that anyone was devoting any thought to something as trivial as a dress (you should all know that Alyssa Milano and Ronan Farrow are very disappointed in you; not mad, just disappointed).

This type of criticism — attention-policing, as Megan Garber of the Atlantic put it on Friday morning — typically follows the emergence and dissemination of any meme. I can’t believe you’re talking about a dress when there are flesh-eating viruses out there just waiting to take our jobs and manually retweet things and text during movies. (Drew Magary collected a bunch of these tweets at Deadspin.)

Some people care about the same things as you. Some people don’t. Some people see white and gold, others see blue and black, others still don’t really care but also think it is obviously blue. You could explain this away as simple differences in taste, or perhaps the innate human ability to understand and pay attention to more than one thing at once, perhaps many things at once, perhaps even simultaneously being aware of a number of things of varying degrees of seriousness and import.

Or you could be mad! The important thing to remember is that the next time llamas are on the loose, we have at least a dozen journalists on standby.


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