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Jan. 12, 2002 update: Note we are now y2kculture and have moved to www.mccullagh.org/y2kculture.
It's amazing, we know. But sometimes what we write gets, well, written about. Don't worry; we're as surprised as you are.
Y2K survivalists, bomb-shelter biscuits, and generator-hording, okay. But Y2K haiku? Just when you thought we didn't need another Y2K Web site, along comes y2kculture.com.
That's culture with a smile. Founder Declan McCullagh, 27, a tech writer for Wired News in Washington, says his non-commerce site explores the premise that concern about Y2K is more than a passing fad; it's a genre. Log on, he'll invite you, to a place where ''Veteran survivalists share water purification tips with skittish congressional staffers. And get-rich-quick scam artists have found fertile soil for seeds of doubt and despair.''
Not sarcastic enough for you? Check out the site's look at teen heartthrob Britney Spears' Millennium Eve plans (partying with Mom and friends). Review its Y2K alphabet (''A is for Anthrax''). Or read Chip 'n Little (a la Chicken Little), a weekly cartoon strip that tracks hero Chip's struggle to grasp The Impact Of The Bug On Life As We Know It. Or the article that tells what Y2K has in common with ''Mad Cow culture'' (everything). Says McCullagh: ''It's not every day that the towering edifice of modern civilization is revealed to be perched on the edge of a tottering precipice.'' Dude, you got that right.
The Seattle Times / Chattanooga Times / Dayton Daily News
Like a Saint Bernard breathing on the back of your neck, the Year 200 Millennium Computer Bug Crisis That Will Either Kill Us All Or Just Annoy Us Immensely is looming large in the horizon. How best to deal with this technological scourge? By visiting these Web sites, of course. [...]
These two sites are among the best at diffusing the growing Y2K hysteria. [...] At Y2K Culture.com, the approach is a little different. You'll find daily updates and commentary by journalists with extensive backgrounds in covering technology. If they pull a Chicken Little at this site before the end of the year, you had best believe them.
Opinions remain divided: We have passed the halfway mark on the last lap of the century towards the unmovable deadline of December 31, 1999 but opinions still seem to remain divided as to the extent or impact of any problems that may or may not disrupt people's lives.
At least this is what different surveys and polls indicate.
On one hand, there is a March 1999 survey conducted by Addison Whitney and sponsored by Attachmate that showed "that computer professionals are far more likely to shrug off Y2K than their non-geek brethren."
This is the reassuring interpretation by Declan McCullagh, who writes for Wired Magazine, edits Y2Kculture.com and oversees the Politech Discussion list that is distributed by email.
Gannett News Service
As one might expect, the Internet is full of information on preparing for the Y2K bug. Just put the term in a search engine and you'll have enough reading to keep you busy well into the new millennium.
Here's a sampling of some of the best sites:
- A site called Y2K Culture examines claims by all sides in the ongoing discussion of the Year 2000 problem and is smart and skeptical. It is located at www.y2kculture.com.
The Washington Post
You would think that as the end of this century approaches, millennialists would be jumping off of skyscrapers and more religious zealots would be raving about the rapture and The End of the World As We know It (TEOTWAWKI). Some folks are prudently setting aside some food and water, as if a long winter storm is approaching. But save for a few extremists hoarding guns and stretching concertina wire, all's been pretty quiet on the wacko front. Why? This time around we may have a real apocalypse on our hands -- the Year 2000 Problem. [...]
Declan McCullagh, chief Washington correspondent for Wired News, put in a good word for a couple of sensible Y2K stories. He was modest enough to not mention his own site called Y2K Culture. Smart and skeptical, McCullagh looks askance at both sides of the issue -- those who ignore, and those who are petrified of, the millennium bug.
South China Morning Post
Do you live in fear of the millennium?
Do bank-run nightmares haunt your sleep?
Fear not. Survivalist James Wesley Rawles has the solution:
Buy a tank.
Mr Rawles, author of a new civilisation-is-about-to-collapse novel, advertised his vehicle on a notice board for Y2K discussion groups.
He's selling it for US$ 23,000. Payment in gold or silver preferred.
The 1960-vintage vehicle is "fully armoured, and has a 360-degree traversing armoured turret", y2kculture.com tells us.
I've saved the best for last. Even if you're all Y2K'ed out from the media overexposure, don't miss Y2Kculture.com (http://www.y2kculture.com), which offers "daily news and commentary on Y2K culture and politics." Among other things, it's the only site mentioned in this entire column that includes Y2K haiku. To wit:
"Y2K is just a scam for consultants-hey, riots, Martial law!"
Chicago Tribune / The Palm Beach Post
Here are some new and interesting sites to see on the World Wide Web:
- www.y2kculture.com/ A sign that the Y2K bug hysteria is growing exponentially, these two sites are among the best at defusing the mania. At Y2K Sanity Checks, users will find a collection of editorials, columns and educational links about the effects of the Year 2000 problem. At Y2K Culture.com, you'll find daily updates and commentary by journalists with extensive experience in covering technology. If they pull a Chicken Little at this site before the end of the year, you'd best believe them.
The Houston Chronicle
World without end - Already bored to tears with the Y2K Bug? Before you shut the door to your consciousness on the issue, make one more stop at y2kculture.com, which tries to bring a little perspective and even humor to the topic. It's a healthy attitude: "It's true: The one thing certain about Y2K is uncertainty. Heck, it's not every day that the towering edifice of modern civilization is revealed to be perched on the edge of a tottery precipice. Welcome to the uncanny world of Y2K, where veteran survivalists share water purification tips with skittish congressional staffers and get-rich-quick scam artists have found fertile soil for seeds of doubt and despair."
The site reports on various news events with an unblinking eye, often finding the real news in a story misreported by the mainstream press. For example, in the recent congressional report on the Y2K bug, the site determined that what was really astounding was how "ill-informed" our leaders really are. You'll find book reviews, a decent tutorial on the Y2K mess and even short stories about the bug.
The (New Plymouth) Daily News
Milennium hysteria is increasing as the big day draws ever closer. To keep abreast of the latest Y2K issues, check out this site. News, features, cartoons, commentary -- get it all right here.
* Y2KCULTURE.COM: www.y2kculture.com/ A sign that the Y2K bug hysteria is growing exponentially, these two sites are among the best at diffusing the mania. At Y2K Sanity Checks, users will find a collection of editorials, columns and educational links about the effects of the year 2000 (Y2K) Bug. At Y2K Culture.com, the approach is a little different. Here, you'll find daily updates and commentary by journalists with extensive experience in covering technology.
y2kculture.com (www.y2kculture.com): This is Year 2000 millennialism served in style, hold the hysteria. You'll find news, features, cartoons and commentary, deftly aggregated by Wired magazine's savvy Washington correspondent Declan McCullagh. New Y2K angles include a fresh look at Victory Gardens and advice for aquarium owners.
Y2K site: Concern about Y2K has become more than a passing fad; it's spawned its own genre. That's the premise behind a new Web site called Y2K Culture at y2kculture.com. "Welcome to the uncanny world of Y2K, where veteran survivalists share water purification tips with skittish congressional staffers and get-rich-quick scam artists have found fertile soil for seeds of doubt and despair," says the intro. It's witty as well as informative and worth visiting in the days leading up to the end of the year.
The Internet Newsletter
On Feb. 25, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan answered questions before the Senate Banking Committee on the Federal Reserve and the year 2000. Excerpts from the hearing are at http://www.y2kculture.com/finance/ 19990225.greenspan.html.
St. Petersburg Times
Y2K target of the week http://www.y2kculture.com/reactions/19990218.kids.html
Not being content with scaring the willies out of your technologically ignorant and elderly relatives, the Y2K loonies are here for your children. Yes, kids, you can become a Disaster Action Kid and instruct your parents not to take all their savings out of the bank. My latest favorite Y2K bashing site, Y2KCulture.com, wields its mighty HTML editor against all this nonsense. I flipped a coin to show you this one or Martha Stewart's stylish guide to being prepared for global martial law, also featured during my visit.
It's a tongue-in-cheek chronicle of propaganda, jokes, poetry and unusual reactions - all predicated on the belief that humor is the best philosophy in the face of approaching doom.
"Heck, it's not every day that the towering edifice of modern civilization is revealed to be perched on the edge of a tottery precipice," the Web site quips.
Readers may learn about mayor Rudy Giuliani's "Millennium Midnight Run" through New York City's Central Park. Or they can point their browsers to some crudely drawn Y2K cartoons with even cruder punch lines.
Besides humorous offerings, the site does contain some practical information. Fish owners are advised to make alternative plans in case power outages cut off electricity to oxygenated fish tanks, for instance.
The site is at www. y2kculture.com.
Y2K Culture is a new Web site covering the Year 2000 (Y2K) computer problem. You can find daily articles, and even sign up to get them by electronic mail, plus book reviews of Y2K fiction and preparedness guides, a Y2K alphabet, weekly Y2K cartoon, a collection of lots of predictions and more. Go to http:/y2kculture.com.
The Washington Post
Millennium parties with loud music, lights and joy; then, how dark, how cold!
This Y2K haiku and other poetry by Solveig Singleton are online at www.y2kculture.com
You'll also find humor, news, cartoons and predictions for the all-too-near future by writer and telecommunications lawyer Singleton and Washington journalist Declan McCullagh.
Providing a good "heads up" on Year 2000 developments both in the USA and around the world is "Politech," a moderated mailing list devoted to the politics of technology and the Internet that looks at the role of Washington, DC and other governments in a digital age.
Last week, Moderator of the Politech Internet discussion list Declan McCullagh announced a new Web site: y2kculture.com.
Here is his introductory message to subscribers to Politech about the site.
"The human race is about to slip on a Y2K banana peel. Will it flail its arms madly then regain its balance? Take a heavy fall? Or just examine the bottom of its shoe and say 'ew?'
"Y2K worries already have produced new types of propaganda, jokes, novels, poetry, and unusual reactions. At y2kculture.com, we chronicle this subculture.
* Daily updates and commentary * Book reviews of fiction and preparedness guides * A Y2K alphabet, which begins "A is for Anthrax... * A collection of dozens of Year 2000 predictions * Chip'n Little, a weekly Y2K cartoon * Visit y2kculture.com and enjoy it while it lasts! We suggest that readers check out this site and bookmark it if they find it useful, helpful or informative.
Y2K Culture is a new Web site covering the year 2000 computer problem. You
can find daily articles, and even sign up to get them by e-mail, plus book
reviews of Y2K fiction and preparedness guides, a Y2K alphabet, weekly Y2K
cartoon, a collection of lots of predictions and more. World Wide Web:
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