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The Silent People

The Silent People

Have you ever heard of the Silent People of Kainuu? Or, also referred to as the Oddity of Highway 5.

Hiljainen kansa by Ville

Hiljainen kansa pic by Ville @ http://www.xihalife.com/p/5687/

The idea is as simple as genius. An army of scarecrows (some say, the number is over 1000) dressed in second hand clothes and placed in an open field close to Suomussalmi, Kainuu – an art installation by Reijo Kela. I do not know what the original concept was; maybe in memory of the Winter War of 1939? but since then the Silent People have become much more’n that. A symbol of words unsaid, tears uncried, and hopes lost.

The on-off-on news campaign on Lex Nokia reminded me of them. Will we all become the silent people if our every word or sound is put on record in a negative sense? If we have to stuff all thoughts deep within ourselves and never speak them out.

Will we?

p.s. Don’t tell me Nokia is “far and away, somewhere in Finland where Niko the deer lives”. Nokia is the world, like Microsoft and… not so many others actually.

Links on Lex Nokia case (other than pancake & whisked cream dessert in Salo 😀 ):

http://www.hs.fi/english/article/Nokia+-+stronger+than+law/1135243256669

http://www.hs.fi/talous/artikkeli/Lex+Nokia/1135235854177

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