Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder?

August 25, 2017
From celebrities to the sky, the world was all about the absence of color – or content – this week. As the week comes to an end, we’re bringing light to some of the “dark” events that happened.

  • Total (Solar) Eclipse of the Heart: On Monday, a total solar eclipse enchanted the nation as the moon completely blocked the light of the sun’s corona. From Oregon to South Carolina, viewers flocked to locations to be in the path of totality to witness the first since 1979 to have a path of totality in the United States.
  • A Blank Space, Website and Social Media Presence: August 18 marked three years since Taylor Swift released “Shake It Off.” That same day, her internet presence went rogue. Instagram? Gone. Facebook? Just a gray box where a profile picture should gleam at its viewer. And her website? You could call that a blank space. Finally after five days and a few ominous videos of a snakeon her Instagram, she announced that her new album, “Reputation,” will be released on November 10.
  • Official to Disappear: Snapchat, the app where photos disappear after a maximum of 10 seconds, will now verify accounts. Much like other platforms the app will now extend the verification notation to influencers and “top creators”, a privilege formerly limited to celebrities.
  • A Storm’s a Brewin’: Hurricane Harvey is expected to hit Texas as a category 3 storm and residents are on high alert. The storm’s biggest impact is supposed to hit Southeast Texas and is predicted to strike late tonight or tomorrow morning, with a historic amount of rainfall anticipated.