Why Everyone In Show Business Wants To "Kill Ya"

In the United States, as with most Western democracies today, everything has become show business. It’s not hard to understand why. Everyone is trying to make a cash-able impression on their audience. And what better way to lure the patrons in the seats than with a now-you-see-it-now-you- don’t performance on the stage. We love it so! The lights, the action, the dialog, the sound effects, and especially the sense of reality the cast is fooling you with.

It hasn’t always been this way. At one time — even in the heralded days of Shakespeare — the stage and its players were considered second class citizens. Show people hired to entertain us; but surely not to mix in with our class after the show.

Through a remarkable century of social transformation in the United States, show people are now the people everyone wants to know. From their performances to their autographs and certainly to their paparazzi backstories. Which, just possibly, is one of the reasons show people still carry a little grudge.

Grudge…? Consider the combative if not angry way they approach a performance. “We’ll kill ’em tonight…!” “Lets blow their socks off…!” “Knock ’em dead out there…!” It’s as if show people are still a little insecure with their recent status. As if they still have to prove themselves every time.

Nothing wrong with fire in the belly. What may be wrong is that this same almost bellicose feeling is now inherent in virtually everyone in the business of showing. Advertisers…professional athletes… celebrated professors in the classroom… pundits on television… and now every politician from dog catcher to mayor to president. As kids they all wanted to be in show business. Now they are!

Just watch ’em in their well scripted action. Every wave…every speech…every parade…every interview. The assumption in our times may be unspoken but it’s undeniable. “I’ve got the spotlight. Just watch me in action. I’m going to kill ya…!”

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  • We for our part much prefer the scribe who seduces and informs us with a flourish of words that display his wit & wisdom ... the ham fisted 'presenter' cannot hold a candle to the artisan with a pen {or keyboard} ... which is why we are here on the page of the 'Chicago Now' blogger instead of watching the 'Killers' of the major networks or cable ... A good day to you Jack!

  • In reply to Geezer:

    Geezer, you just MADE it one!!!

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