Helen Simpson, "Millennium Blues"

Good old fin de siecle paranoia laid bare and played for fear and comedy. I mean, there’s a character named Cassandra — why won’t anybody heed her ambiguous predictions of doom?

(from Getting A Life)

Boy when you lay it allout like that, how the hell did we survive Y2K? Besides being a sharp and clever sorta-story, “Millenium Blues” was a nostalgia trip. You may figure the current trend of American paranoia began with 9/11, but if you think about it, it was the turn of the century that first had us stockpiling canned beets and backing up our files.
“There will be a tidal wave of computer crashes. It’ll be the El Niño of I.T.”
Good stuff.

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