|"WHEN DANNY MET SALLY" MAKES THE BILLBOARD IN TIMES SQUARE! 01/08/2012
|Let's be honest. You're first thought is: Photoshop! Clearly this
is another crazy publicity ploy by the people who brought you talking
dogs, Martha Stewart's real estate woes and nudist antique dealers. Oh,
that Danny & Sally: Short of setting one another on fire, what
won't these two do for attention? (Wait, they did that already. Damn!)
dear readers, this is the real deal. As part of our shout out to
friends, fans and stalkers of all ages, our 2012 New Year's blast went
over the wire services to hundreds of media outlets across the country.
Apparently the Gods must be crazy for Vintage because our Kitty Cat
Antique Dealers made it onto the Great White Way hawking,
coincidentally, a White Sale!
Now for those of you who STILL
don't believe this explanation (family members included), this offers
the perfect moment to discuss reality-- or at least reality as we once
Today we live in a Photoshop Universe. Perceptions can
be tweaked with the click of a mouse. Destinies can be altered, as well
as breasts, thighs or a bucket of chicken from KFC. Models on the
runway can be made so skinny that only transparency remains the final
deduction. Six pack abs? Please. Eight, Ten, Twelve! This is
America. It's not what you get, it's what you see!
nature of the knock-off or reproduction. It's a multi-billion dollar
market... and the bane (and pain) of every antique dealer's backside.
Spotting the fake and the fraud from the real deal is what it's all
about. You're reputation and livelihood depend on recognizing the
The original is real, the reproduction is just a
facsimile of that reality, but it is still faux with no returnable fee,
fi, fo or fum. If you unknowingly buy what is not real, you have lost
more than just money; you've lost the genuineness of reality. You now
merely own a simulation, an altered virtual object, as it were.
We are now forced to question everything, but is this necessarily bad?
we've all been too laid back accepting second best: Bush #1 was OK.
How bad could Bush #2 be? No, going #2 was clearly not the way to go.
movie sequels. Think Hip Hop murders. Celebrity Apprentice: Special
Hairdo Victims Unit? Toddlers and Tiaras, The Next Generation?
No, second best is just that. Second. Not the original. Not as real.
So in it's own odd way, the concept of Photoshop has dramatically
altered our skewered landscape font, like it or not. To reproduce an
item or an ideology is to change it's original intent to the world.
What was real is no longer so. The fake becomes the real and the
falsehood replicates as media marches on. But enough about the GOP.
lies the slippery slope of truth. If one assumes that most everything
has been fixed, changed or augmented in some way, our trust in all is
lost. What part of Pamela Anderson was real in the beginning... when
God created gravity?
"I can't believe my eyes!" isn't an exaggeration, it has become your
lifestyle. You become the cynic, the skeptic, the spoiler-- Ralph Nader
with a driver's license but no driveway. Unsafe at any Speedo.
our innocence lost? Well, partially, yes. It is good to question.
Whether it be the validity of a war or the authenticity of a vintage
handbag, question all and question frequently. Keep your eyes peeled as
the images around you morph from one great idea to the next mediocre.
miracles (and truth) still happen. Babies are born. Childhood dreams
come true everyday, even if they take 40 years to achieve. Just
remember that sometimes it is the unlikely things in life that become
most blissfully true.
By Danny Alias. WDMS. Copyright 2012