Photographer's Note


Professor: What is the truest definition of Globalization?

Student: Princess Diana's death.

Professor: Princess Diana's Death? How come?

Student: An English princess with an Egyptian boyfriend crashes in a French tunnel, driving a German car with a Dutch engine, driven by a Belgian who was drunk on Scottish whiskey, followed closely by Italian Paparazzi, on Japanese motorcycles, treated by an American doctor, using Brazilian medicines! The story, originally written by an Armenian-American in California, using Bill Gates' software, is paraphrased here by a Turkish-American professor in Virginia. And you may just be reading this account on an IBM clone, that uses chips made in Taiwan, and a monitor made in Korea, on a machine assembled by Bangladeshi workers in a Singapore plant, transported by lorries driven by Indians, hijacked by Indonesians, unloaded by Sicilian longshoremen, trucked by Mexican illegal, and finally sold to you. The story also appears in a newspaper in the Ukraine, at a corner of a park, where a banner hails the opening of an American-produced film that recounts the resurrection of ancient Egyptian mummies. Next to it hangs a banner in Cyrillic and Latin characters, describing an Italian product! Oh yes, there is one more. The American economy catches the flu, which unhappily spreads rapidly through Afghanistan, Akrotiri, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola…That, professor, is Globalization!

Professor: This is just a demonstration of the inexorable increase in disorder, in short, of the Second Law of Thermodynamics! Or perhaps it is all of us on Trekearth. But please, don't get me wrong, I am not against globalization. I am against its misuse. Bulent


In critiquing a photograph I took in the Black Sea two years later, Klaudio Dadich (daddo), wrote: "Merhaba Bulent Bey. Nice to see a more experimental effort from you that has a touch of the poetic to it. What a world we live in! A Turkish physicist living in America sailing in a Japanese ship off the coast of Romania, taking a photo under the spell of Japanese art and later posting it on TE where it was seen by many, including myself, an Australian of Croat/Albanian ancestry who is communicating with the said photographer in English,the lingua franca of the modern world. Have a lovely weekend. Klaudio."

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