(definitions from Dictionary.com)
6. Also called news flash. Journalism. a brief
dispatch sent by a wire service.
Again, “brief” becomes
defining, a brief bit of news, written in a rush, dispatched, sent off to
far-off places. And what news might flash transmit? Something urgent perhaps.
Not like Gas Prices Skyrocket! More like “Lonely!” And the rest follows, before
anyone has the time to say, “So what?”