The Death List, an informative website about the grim finale of life. It is an annual collection of names of celebrities that are predicted to die throughout each year, and it has put out a list of famous people that are due to pass away this year.
The list has been compiled with fifty names, twenty-five of which appeared on previous lists and obviously this is because they are still alive. This comes with much chagrin to the web site as its sole purpose is to correctly predict who will die throughout each calendar year.
50 names are revealed each year. This is from the 2018’s list:
“Below you will find a list of 50 celebrities which our expert committee has selected with the expectation they will die during 2018.
In 2017, years of promise were realized when the list smashed the previous record, chalking up an astonishing 17 successes.
Does this suggest there will now be some lean years ahead for DeathList? Or has the DeathList forum become such a powerful resource now that we could see the record surpassed again in 2018?”
“The nominees must be famous enough such that their death is expected to be reported by the UK media.”
This site raises a very basic ethical dilemma. Is it morally acceptable to post who will die throughout each year? Is it acceptable to be upset about if your grim predictions are right or not? This site picks elderly people and those who are physically handicapped, such as Stephen Hawking. It makes the site’s task of predicting deaths much easier when it focuses on people in these categories.
The death predictor has been bashed in the online community by several critics who have become upset by the site’s behavior. The argument is while our morality has made us appreciate life, we should not focus on the dark side of morality, and people should not relish in whether their predictions of death are correct or not. While these criticisms are being produced, the site continues to publish their annual lists each year with much anticipation from its fans.
The predicted deaths for 2018 include Prince Philip, Professor Stephen Hawking, Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood, actress Olivia Newton-John, Dick Van Dyke, actress June Brown, and many more.
Is it morally wrong to do this? Perhaps. However, this does not prohibit the Death List from making their annual lists of the celebrities, and influential people in which they think will die throughout the year. Will you be making your predictions as well? The real question is when the Death List will predict its demise. After all, morality effects everyone.