Volume 93, Issue 61

Wednesday, January 19, 2000


No need for Maxim or

Can't no Y2K hold me


To quote the immortal Rod Stewart...

Can't no Y2K hold me down

To the Editor:

Now that the much feared Y2K crisis turned out to be a Y2Krock, I think it's important to realize that we were had by an entire industry. True, there were some glitches that needed patching. But, my 386 laptop still works, as does my VCR, my microwave and my stereo. No problems.

During the hype of the last four years, we heard it all - that our computers would bite the silicone dust and that our VCRs would be transformed into oversized, yet effective door stops. This never occurred. Instead, my friends, colleagues and family replaced some of their "critical" equipment, all for nothing. Yet, I distinctly remember dire warnings in newspapers, on the radio and television from "experts," claiming that we had to buy Y2K compliant toasters.

All that proved to be "inaccurate," to put it politely. Ninety per cent of my electronics are not Y2K compliant and work fine. Bottom line, the electronics industry made gigantic profits by exploiting this fear. A fear inflated by media fish biting into a riveting, but exaggerated story. However, news agencies are not solely responsible. After all, the media are not capable of verifying all the claims of "experts" – experts who were all merrily riding in the hay of the same band wagon. Oh well.

For those of us who bought Year 2000 ready toys, enjoy. But, in the end, if my wallet could speak, it would say, "Thanks for being Y2Komplacent."

Alex Chartrand
Graduate School of Journalism

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