By "world news" I mean "the current favorite video being passed around online." And by that I don't even mean it's the most-watched video of the week, but that this video of an unapologetic Australian hipster ruffian is being passed around every pass-stuff-around site until it seems it's taken over the Internet. Below, a summary of the video and a timeline of how it spread (and of course the video itself).
Executive summary: Australian kid threw a party in Melbourne while his parents were gone; 500 kids showed up and terrorized the neighbors; an anchorwoman asks him to remove his big plastic sunglasses and apologize on TV; the kid, wearing an open fur-lined jacket that reveals his pierced nipples, says he'll apologize but he won't remove his sunglasses because "they're famous." The news anchor gapes in disbelief but continues goading him; the boy will have none of it and thereby becomes a hero to casually-but-ironically-rebellious teens everywhere.
Times below are wildly inaccurate because the Internet doesn't do time zones well.
January 13, 2:00 PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time: MSN Australia posts video and an article about Corey Delaney, a fifteen (sixteen?)-year-old boy who threw a wild party the night before, bringing out the local cops, who were "pelted with bottles"
January 14, 6 PM: The story hits Digg's front page, a feat that often brings over 100 thousand visitors to a story.
January 14, 6:36 PM: Radar has it. By this time I saw it and really should have posted it to Gawker; those of you who expected to see it here by then, feel free to tip nick at toomuchnick dot com next time.
January 15: Opie and Anthony interview a [fake] bizarrely sober Corey on their morning show:
January 16, early morning: The video hits one million views on Break.com.
I should probably babble about how this video became popular because Corey represents the modern fame-seeking do-nothing in opposition to an appalled older generation, but that's bull. Corey just said the perfect unexpected lines and broke the assumptions of how people behave in a post-public-disorder news interview. "My glasses are famous" does have a self-fulfilling ring to it, but it's also just a fantastic non sequitur on the level of "I like turtles."
Okay, maybe there's a common thread between this and the glorification of the guys arrested in Boston for planting Aqua Teen Hunger Force Lite-Brites that supposedly looked like bombs. Corey has made his apologies in person and refuses to play the media game, and for that we love him. But he's also a prick, and for the resulting titillating cognitive dissonance, we love him more.
BREAKING UPDATE: January 16: Busted Tees releases a shirt, "I'll say sorry but I'm not taking off my glasses," which will by definition only be worn by the frat boys who beat kids like Corey up in elementary school.