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Marilyn Sands

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Marilyn Sands is a Former 80's Stand-up Comic, her Essays can be found on salon.com & her unsold Screenplays in her Top Drawer...next to the hard liquor! "Author of 2 Works of Fiction....my Diary & my Resume"! ha ha All my Articles are Copyrighted & yes, I'll know!

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MARCH 21, 2012 3:25PM

"EVERYBODY WANTS TO GET INTO DE ACT" On-Line Soapbox! Repost

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Repost of May 5, 2011

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"Everybody wants to get into De Act"! was just one of Actor/Comedian/Pianist, Jimmy Durante's Catch Phrases!

You might not be old enough to recognize the name - but you might remember him from the mapcap Movie, "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad (had enough?) Mad World" - where he literally "kicked the bucket"!

Known as "Schnozzola"; he had a running gag with Comic/Actor/Philanthropist Danny Thomas about who had the bigger nose & I always found it hard to pick which one!  I'm sorry!

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Durante's claim to fame was breaking into a song to deliver a joke & then would shout out, "Stop da Music" followed by "Everybody wants to get into de Act"!

Well today; everybody with a laptop thinks they're a Journalist...and "Wants to get into the Act"! 

Everybody wants to share their opinion, their viewpoint or their up-to-the-minute thought that must be purged now - whether it be Blog, Tweet, Text Message, IM, T-Shirt Maxim or Bathroom Stall Scrawl!

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If "The Suggestion Box" is too trite for this impatient world; then I guess daily Diary Entries are too tame - even if I leave in the "Bodice Ripping"! 

 Did I say "I"?  Forget you just read that!

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The fact is; everyone has become "A Monday Morning Quarterback" - and if I followed Sports - I'd know the hell what I was talking about!

Let's face it; we want to be "A Talking Head" or at least "The Village Pundit" - even if we're really "The Idiot"!

It's "Writer's Block in reverse"!  Sure, we all want to make a difference - but no one nows how to speall!

We feel like if we don't comment or gripe about something today - we'll be Constipated!  That's because if we haven't downloaded anything all day; we feel kinda stopped up & irritable. 

Or maybe it's just me!

Twitter?  It's like getting one of those long Christmas Letters...but one sentence at a time! 

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 And then there's "Facebook"; privacy & propriety be damned: "I like", "I don't like" - can I have one day without decisions?

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Of course; this force started with the "24-Hour News Cycle" Phenom & we only get a breather from it on Leap Year, The Eclipse, The Cicadas Season or when I pull the covers over my head & say "I'm outa here"!

Well, in 1899, Charles H. Duell - Commissioner of U.S. Patents said "Everything that can be invented has been invented"!  In 2012, as a semi-neo-luddite; I'm praying Charlie was right!

Of course; this article is "My 2 Cents Worth"...and if you're lucky...tomorrow; it will be up to 4!

 

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M, I earlier compared OS to an amateur writer's colony. Your metaphor describing the blogosphere as a soapbox is a lot closer to the truth, I think. Not that there's anything wrong with soapboxes! Hyde Park's Speaker's Corner is a soapbox too, and a venerable one. That's my two cents anyway. R!
Thanks Dan - that was worth 2 Cents! And so much more! Now if I can get mine to a Dollar...I'd be getting somewhere!
"Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are."
Thanks jmac! You passed "The Durante Test"!
I lost all faith in humanity when frat kids started walking around in Che Guevara teeshirts. That, to me, was the Beginning of the End - the dawn of the "I have an opinion, and I insist you hear it" age. After that, it's all been downhill. (My hypocrisy in commenting, not withstanding.)
Jimmy's "Frosty the Snowman" is still the definitive version of this tragic holiday tale. Speaking of the holidays, your remark about tweets being like getting one of those holiday letters one sentence at a time is priceless. R
Thanks icythighs! Sorry, that's what my husband called me! You are icyhighs. Your comment on "comments" - agreed: ad nauseum!
Thanks so much Gerry! You're right; Durante was a multi-talent hiding behind all that nasal cartilage!