What is the meaning of it all?

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In this limbo time between the two major peaks of Year 2000, I'm sure some of us are already wondering what the meaning of it all is. What have we gained, what insights have we learned from our experiences, and what do we think is different?

I'd be interested to hear others' views.

-- Antoine Neron (metis@2000now.org), February 21, 2000


I suppose no one's ever thought about this.

-- Antoine (metis@2000now.org), February 23, 2000.

antoine, I'm working on this, hope to post over the weekend in a separate thread.

-- Bud hamilton (budham@hotmail.com), February 23, 2000.

I'm not satisfied with the answers I've heard as to why some countries spent oodles on fixing & others nothing with the same results of "no problems". I have chalked this situation up as to one not understandable at this time.

-- tara hands (tarahands@yahoo.com), February 24, 2000.

Tara - it seems we only "know" of problems as we hear of them (i.e., from the news media). Ask a few people who don't look at focused reporting sites like this one if they've heard of even a handful of these listed events and you'd probably hear a resounding "no".

That we do not hear of events - whether it's around the corner or around the world - does not mean that they do not occur. It is safer to assume that we just haven't heard too much of other countries' experiences.

We must not mistake an increase in the reporting of news events to be an increase in the events themselves. Similarly, we must not mistake a lack of reporting of news events as evidence of no news at all.

The increase in incidents that may directly affect those on a wider- than-local scale is not looked at as being a result of any Year 2000- related problems. Aircraft, websites, etc., may affect the person in the next town or country. These we hear about.

Besides that, I believe things are breaking down alot more than they did last year or 3 months ago. Who else notices this change?

-- Antoine Neron (metis@2000now.org), February 24, 2000.

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