2008-08-01

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A paradox can be an apparently true statement or group of statements that leads to a contradiction or a situation which defies intuition; or it can be, seemingly opposite, an apparent contradiction that actually expresses a non-dual truth...

Ehm well, OK thanks Wikipedia. I think I'll try to elaborate myself.

Here are a few apparent contradictions I've noticed.

More people than ever carry photographic devices. Still, as a photographer I'm more often questioned about what, who and why.

More people than ever choose to interact socially over the web. We like to leave digital footprints in discussion groups, blogs or social sites. Still, there is an increasing anxiousness on the part of citizens that the authorities are able to track our activities, listen in and profile us.

And of course, an old favourite: More people than ever complain about not having enough time. And yet, thanks to all sorts of modern inventions life has never been easier. When was the last time you had to carry drinking water from the well to your home?

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4 comments:

Laurie said...

So true!

Per Stromsjo said...

Do you have any other favourite contradictions, Laurie?

Thanks for stopping by.

Laurie said...

One of my favorites is how people love to talk about wanting only the "authentic" -- from cuisine to home decor, from their preferred music to their handmade leather shoes.

Ad yet many of these same people color their hair, lie about their age and get botox injections!

Per Stromsjo said...

Now that's a good one, Laurie!

Along the same line, I come to think of a Swedish brand of mineral water which shall remain nameless for now... They claim to be using only the purest of sources, wells hidden deep in the most secret of forests will guarantee a water so pristine that no mortal can fully appreciate it. And now for some product development: this divine water is now sold with several different tastes. That's right. Pure water plus additional substances for your favourite taste. Raspberry, anyone? ;)

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