While eating breakfast the other day, my daughter asked, “Daddy, where does Marmite come from?”
“Well, Princess”, I told her, “That’s a long story. Truth is that most people don’t really know. Good thing your daddy does.
The story, as I remember it, goes a bit like this…
An old Trinny & Susannah doco demonstrated how 2 women out of 60 had the 'perfect' body proportions for their size. In other words, only 3% of the women observed had perfect body proportions. That means 97% of women have imperfect bodies..
The dictionary defines the word 'imperfect' as: characterized by faults, mistakes, etc.; defective. Not good news for you ladies reading this who are in the 97%.
And what about us guys? As a former bodybuilder astutely remarked about the perfect body:
"The guys you see on TV and in magazines that have that look - that look is what they do for a living. The maintenance of that look is what their entire lives are based on - it's a lifestyle. It's 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."
Good grief. Have any of us have ever wondered who decided what was the perfect body shape (and what wasn't) in the first place?
Camera app filters. Us smartphone photographer-wannabes love them.
Most camera apps allow users to change the look of their photos by selecting a filter. These filters allow almost any desired effect, from making the photo look vintage, to changing the colour entirely. For the sake of simplicity these filters each have a name: 'Poprocket', '1977' and 'Lily' for example.
So, I take a photo on my phone; I apply the desired filter; I post the edited version online and then stroke my ego with each new ‘like’ I receive.
All my friends in social-network-land only ever see the doctored version, not the original. In their thinking, the filtered version is the only version.
Imagine someone sees the filtered image and likes it enough to re-post it. Before they do so, they ‘enhance’ it by applying another filter of their liking. If this process is repeated, after a few shares and filters applied, the image will be very different from the original. With every change, information is lost and the original photo is forgotten.
Brace yourself for the philosophical application...