Repost of May 5, 2011
"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!
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!
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!
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!
And then there's "Facebook"; privacy & propriety be damned: "I like", "I don't like" - can I have one day without decisions?
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!