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Past instances in which paranoia creeps over
national consciousness go largely ignored. It's a sad
that largely unfounded widespread public panics like Y2K
and other instances, such as Anthrax scare,
that were disproven have been stricken from the pages
idiotic myths need to have their rightful place in
cemented. As a reminder for the future we as a society
need to memorialize these instances of public lunacy so
they may be prevented should they ever arise again.
Walking into the Memorial you will be greeted by
sculptures of panic-stricken people needlessly hoarding
supplies and video loops of news footage of supposed
"experts" explaining why the world is going to come to an
end because of the 'digital clock resetting'.
When you walk past the Y2K wing you will enter the
"anthrax" room, where a video of Colin Powell holding a
bag of anthrax in front of congress will be looped and
projected onto the wall. Beside it will be a tribute to
who suffocated by plastic wrap in their basements in an
attempt to 'seal away the anthrax.' The walls will have
news reports of the AVA (anthrax vaccine) sales reports
(which were high) and a framed report of the 2003
vaccine declared safe and effective' followed by a
government issued block on the 'vaccination initiative' a
[Duck Lagrange, Jul 17 2015]
[Duck Lagrange, Jul 17 2015]
||There should also be framed newspaper front pages,
and video loops of doom-mongering newsreaders.
||I was under the impression that the whole Y2K thing never came to be the big event it was feared because so many organizations went out and bought new hardware before it got here. Most of the players I associate with did so.
||I have to second [normzone]. While it's unlikely that the bug
could have launched nukes, the possibility of significant
financial and communications disruptions were largely
prevented by broad awareness and overworked IT
||I'm still more than a little worried about the 2038 problem.
||Well, it's about half past eight where I am, and no
sign of problems yet.
||A not unrelated effect may come about not due to
dates or bit-widths, but something like the future
demise of Wikipedia, for example. When Wikipedia,
which is a structurally unsustainable blip in the
history and future of the internet, collapses, a
phenomenal amount of hitherto thought to be quite
important links will become dead all at once.
||As long as you have a room where everyone rides a bicycle
wearing a snow jacket, to attend a global warming lecture
given by someone who arrived on a private jet and wearing
a t-shirt and shoes with no sox.
||A whole section on the Cold War, McCarthyism, and the Dot-Com bubble would seem to be useful.
||Could we also have a section on the fiscal policies in play during the entire decade of 2000-2010 caused by overconfident jerks?