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Digital Apocalypse: The Implicit Religiosity Of The Millennium Bug Scare

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In the late 1990s the millennium bug enjoyed much publicity and 'millennial preparedness' was considered a top priority by governments and the corporate world alike. As awareness of its possible effects spread, concern about the millennial problem became a popular obsession that grew into a craze. This chapter argues that this outburst of collective fascination with the Y2K bug was a knee-jerk reaction to troubled times. The popular craze surrounding the millennium problem nonetheless displayed facets that can be described as religious. The chapter also argues that the millennium bug scare was one possible response to the anomie that ensued the fall of the Iron Curtain. The concept of implicit religion can be used as an analytical tool to help one understand such outbursts of collective emotion as the millennium bug scare.

Keywords: digital apocalypse; implicit religiosity; millennium bug scare; Y2K bug



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