The year 2000 came and went. If we flash back for a moment, we recall that in the period up to 2000, the chaos was expected to wrap our civilization computer and electrified. It was called Y2K: a flaw in the simple design of the software was supposed to cause the end of the civilized world. Power stations, telecommunications, bank accounts, billing processes were all supposed to be paralyzed or thrown into a state of chaos.
But it never happened. Instead, in late 1999 and early 2000 is best known for the amazing displays of fireworks in major cities worldwide, many of them on television and shared with viewers of all nations. The spectrum of the end of the world was a ghost.
A decade later, where are we? Wars are fought in Iraq and Afghanistan with the help of sophisticated computerized weapons. A sluggish global economy desperately trying to restart itself. The Internet is an indispensable part of life for the majority in the Western world and even for a considerable number of people in the developing world. And we are told on another end of the world was approaching.
If we are to believe the latest hype, 21 or 23 December 2012, when the world will really come to an end climate. This time, fear was triggered by an interpretation of the ancient Mayan calendar, favored by many books and documentaries. And it gave birth, perhaps surprisingly, yet another Hollywood disaster film.