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    Posted: November 17 2011 at 09:19
Iíve seen this line from the Buggles/Yes song Into the Lens being dissed many times. I guess most people donít know that itís a quote from the book Goodbye to Berlin (written by Christopher Isherwood) that later was made into the musical and movie Cabaret. The full sentence reads, "I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking."

Does it make the line better? I think it does. And the book is about life in Germany in the 1930s.
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I say nothing is nothing
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 17 2011 at 09:23
I didn't even know the line "I am a camera" was the cause of derision. I have never had a problem with it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 17 2011 at 11:33
Iíve seen it quite a few times in different threads. Not recently, though, and unfortunately Iím unable to find any examples now.

Iíve never had any problems with that line myself. Maybe itís because I knew from the start that it was a quote Ė not because I had read the book (I still havenít), but because I was told so by my brother (or maybe my mother).
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 17 2011 at 11:35
I'm not certain it is a quote. More a coincidence. I care not either way.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 17 2011 at 12:02
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 17 2011 at 16:58
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And I like that album by Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes ... very nice stuff!
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