The saying goes “There is more than one way to skin a cat.” No, this isn’t a funny story about a cat. I know, I know, for all you cat lovers out there, maybe there will be one soon, but for now, this is not where to look.
Conan O’Brien once said “During last night’s debate…Kerry and Edwards were so friendly, President Bush accused them of planning a gay marriage.” It didn’t happen, of course. Edwards turned out to be even more heterosexual than we’d originally thought, but while this isn’t about sexual preference, it does fall into the category of spirited debate.
On Glossy News, only being permitted to debate the topic at hand, i.e. read a story and post a comment, sometimes leaves the commentators frustrated that their general thoughts have to fit within the confines of one of the stories, which most times general thoughts do not.
Take for instance a recent story on Glossy about a woman seeking attention by disfiguring her own face with acid. Although this writer was able to use that story as a platform to ask for a forum in which to discuss issues unrelated to either acid, disfigurement or insanity, ok strike insanity, it just didn’t have the same oomph as it could have if she’d been able to go to a general forum section and open a new topic with a title such as “Kudos to Fellow Writers for Not Acting Like Stupid Dodo Heads” or something to that effect.
Imogene Coca once said “The trouble with most comedians who try to do satire is that they are essentially brash, noisy and indelicate people who have to use a sledge hammer to smash a butterfly.” Really? I beg to differ. Contrary to popular belief, biting satire does not require a series of rabies shots. Besides, anyone who has been the victim of biting satire eventually develops a tough skin making it that much more impossible to even administer rabies shots.
So the point of all this? We need a general forum section to discuss issues that lie outside the purview of individual stories. To get the ball rolling, I suggest that this article be used as a surrogate until the real deal comes along.
If you have anything you want to talk about in general, or even just to comment on this article, although that does kind of defeat the purpose, just post it under this article. Borrowing a quote from John Krasinski from “The Office,” We breed smart-ass, quippy, funny people. Not that I’m one of them. I just sorta sneaked in under the radar.” And, I think I can honestly say the same thing about my fellow Glossy News writers.