Amused To Death
(Original post date – 24-Feb-07)

Amused To Death
Is this a case of life imitating art?

In 1992, Roger Waters (ex-Pink Floyd) released ‘Amused To Death’. In addition to being a huge fan of Pink Floyd as a group, as well as related solo works of band members over the years, this is one of my personal favourite recordings (maybe top-5, even). Mr. Waters generally has a very interesting story to tell in his projects (remember ‘The Wall’?), and this one is no exception. Rather than re-tell it here, please read the page as indicated below:

The Story...

If you are unfamiliar with Mr. Waters’ work and/or this recording, here is a sample .

In a radio interview that I had heard soon after the original release of the CD, Mr. Waters also said that he imagined archaeologists several hundreds or thousands of years into the future unearthing masses of human remains sitting in front of TV sets. After pondering what brought about the end of their (ours, really) civilization, and applying what they may have already learned about it, the scientists would have concluded that they were simply “Amused To Death”.

Now, let’s go to a story that I read Tuesday. You may have even run across it yourselves, by now. It tells of a man in New York that seems to have had a strange, but somehow familiar, experience…

** Different sources and accounts of same story: 1, 2, & 3**

The stories mention that Mr. Ricardo did have health problems, but at this time the exact cause of death has not yet been determined. It also may be yet another sad reminder of how our society continues to neglect our elderly and those with health (physical AND mental) concerns. Let’s just hope that his end was at least as peaceful and pain-free as possible.

Or could it be that he was just…

Amused To Death?