Coney Island Waterboard Thrill Ride

I came across a story in this morning’s newspaper about the new attraction at Coney Island:  the Waterboard Thrill Ride.  At first I was appalled by the idea, but the longer I thought about it, the more I came to appreciate what the artist was trying to accomplish. 

I do wonder, however, how children will react to this.  There is a picture of SpongeBob SquarePants on the front of the attraction and he appeals to very young children.  I only hope parents will use good judgment in allowing their children to see this.

I think most of us can’t imagine what it must feel like to be waterboarded and I don’t believe I’ve seen too many depictions of it on the evening news.  So this is the next best thing, and something that will be seen by a lot of people who might not be paying very close attention to what our government has been doing in our names.

From the New York Times:

In interrupting a day at the beach with scenes of the United States government’s rougher practices, Mr. Powers is being deliberately provocative. “What’s more obscene,” he asks, “the official position that waterboarding is not torture, or our official position that it’s a thrill ride?”

Michael Nagle for the New York Times

Michael Nagle for the New York Times


2 Responses to “Coney Island Waterboard Thrill Ride”

  1. dogwalkmusings Says:

    This is frightening to me. Indoctrinate them young enough and it will become the norm! Young kids won’t get it; but as you suggested, it’s in how the parents explain it!

  2. On second thought, perhaps it’s the venue I object to most strongly. Perhaps this could have been an exhibit in a museum somewhere, rather than an amusement park that inherently attracts children.

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