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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 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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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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I'm not certain it is a quote. More a coincidence. I care not either way.
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He say nothing is quite what it seems;
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Originally posted by refugee

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Am_a_Camera_%28song%29

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Hi,
 
And I like that album by Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes ... very nice stuff!
... none of the hits, none of the time ... you might actually find your own art, or self, and forego lousy heroes or Guru's!

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