Amusing Ourselves To Death

7 comments to Amusing Ourselves To Death

  • Alek J

    I think it’s turning out to be a combination of both … an gradually emerging Police State with a dumbed-down society who doesn’t care about anything but their TV shows.

  • Robert

    We watched the tragedy unfold
    We did as we were told
    We bought and sold
    It was the greatest show on earth
    But then it was over
    We ohhed and aahed
    We drove our racing cars
    We ate our last few jars of caviar
    And somewhere out there in the stars
    A keen-eyed look-out
    Spied a flickering light
    Our last hurrah
    And when they found our shadows
    Grouped around the TV sets
    They ran down every lead
    They repeated every test
    They checked out all the data on their lists
    And then the alien anthropologists
    Admitted they were still perplexed
    But on eliminating every other reason
    For our sad demise
    They logged the only explanation left
    This species has amused itself to death
    No tears to cry no feelings left
    This species has amused itself to death

    – Roger Waters

  • James Woroble Jr

    Nothing new under the sun. Merely the decline of the Roman Empire, Part Duex!

    Add to the ‘amusement’ that a massive percentage of the population (50+%, depending on who you reference) is dependent upon some type of unproductive government financial subsistence for their existence (welfare, Social Security, pension, disability, ‘work-fare’, food stamps, et al — ‘bread’, if you will), WE’RE HERE!

    Bread and circuses
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    “‘Bread and Circuses’ (or bread and games) (from Latin: panem et circenses) is a metaphor for a superficial means of appeasement. In the case of politics, the phrase is used to describe the creation of public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or public policy, but through the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements of a populace. The phrase also implies the erosion or ignorance of civic duty amongst the concerns of the common man (l’homme moyen sensuel).

    In modern usage, the phrase has become an adjective to describe a populace that no longer values civic virtues and the public life. To many across the political spectrum, left and right, it connotes the triviality and frivolity that characterized the Roman Empire prior to its decline.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bread_and_circuses

  • Professor X

    amusing & disturbing all at once

  • […] Consumerism was a psychological process lead by Edward Bernays (Sigmund Freud’s nephew) to keep post World War II industries humming after the war. The industrialists employed Madison Avenue to transform society from sensible people with strong relationships into superficial spenders looking for the next high. Advertising links subconscious desires with products. Take the cigarette for example,subconsciously it is a form of power and rebellion. The reality is that it is a weakness. Soon we began to buy products,not for the utility of the product,but to say to the world I bought this because the ad says that I am a …The Banksters that backed all of this up also needed this spending to create more debt in order for their Keynesian Ponzi scheme not to collapse. This plan worked well for many years,but as the boomers grey,the party is over for consumerism and the check is due. What is the next thing if people are broke? How can we keep the masses from waking up to their wasted lives they have led chasing after nothing? Let them Amuse Themselves to Death. […]

  • […] Steve Jobs played his roll at the end of the Informational Revolution, but we now see that all of the information in the world means nothing without Awareness of what it all means.  What good does faster processors and unlimited bandwidth if the information means nothing?  What good does it do if this information keeps people from rising to their highest and best self?  What did your life mean if you got the highest score on a video game or never missed an episode of your favorite show?  What good does it do if we amuse ourselves to death? […]

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